Guidance

Fetal anomaly screening: ultrasound practitioners handbook

This document sets out ultrasound guidelines and recommendations for the NHS fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP).

Documents

Fetal anomaly screening programme: handbook for ultrasound practitioners April 2015

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Appendix 1: nuchal translucency and crown rump length score sheets

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Appendix 2: red flag action plan (bias)

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Appendix 3: red flag action plan (throughput)

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Appendix 4: training logbook for new practitioners

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Appendix 5: return to practice logbook

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Appendix 6: nuchal translucency plot

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Details

This publication explains the standards and processes for ultrasound practitioners working in fetal anomaly screening.

It includes:

  • an overview of the fetal anomaly screening programme (FASP)
  • explanation of screening tests
  • an explanation of the screening support sonographer’s role
  • down’s syndrome screening criteria
  • quality assurance recommendations and procedures
  • ultrasound screening markers for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes as part of the combined test
Published 1 January 2015
Last updated 23 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. The pre-existing 'CRL' and 'NT' score sheets have been compiled into the Appendix 1 spreadsheet. This is to replace the previous Appendix 1a and 1b.
  2. Addition of nuchal translucency diagnostic plot to publication
  3. First published.