test allows your doctor to see an image of your developing baby. It is often
done at 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Doctors can use ultrasound to look for
certain features that are related to some problems, such as Down
syndrome. The test also can be used to find problems of the
heart, spine, belly, or other areas.
AmniocentesisAmniocentesis. Doctors use this test
to look for chromosomal problems in the baby's cells. A doctor puts a needle
through the belly and into the uterus to collect some of the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby. This fluid contains some of the baby's cells. The test is
done between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, usually around week 16.
This test also can help find neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
In this article
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 10, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this