A genetic ultrasound can detect when a fetus is at risk for genetic or chromosomal issues, such as Down syndrome. In addition to the ultrasound, the physician will use a combination of blood tests to verify these conditions. The first set of tests usually happens within the first trimester. A second ultrasound is performed at the 20-week mark when the baby’s organs can be carefully evaluated.
All procedures are carefully conducted and supervised by certified physicians. There are various reasons a mother may consider getting a genetic ultrasound, including advanced maternal age, other children with genetic problems and abnormal blood tests or screenings. It’s important to detect any complications as early as possible so both the mother and baby are safe.