Pre-natal Blood Test
Once pregnant, our team will refer you to Ascot Radiology for Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) which uses cell-free fetal DNA found in maternal blood to identify the most common chromosome conditions seen in new-borns. This test screens for anomalies in chromosomes 21, 18, and 13 (Down, Edwards, and Patau syndromes). It also detects the most common anomalies in the sexual chromosomes X and Y.
This test detect chromosomal anomalies with very high precision.
The NIPT blood test can be performed at any time from 10 weeks of pregnancy, as confirmed by a dating scan. The blood test will be taken at Insight+Ascot Radiology and the testing will be done in Melbourne by the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service (VCGS) using a deep sequencing technique.
Used in conjunction with a 12-week ultrasound, the results from these tests will inform you of the risk of fetal abnormality and whether further testing is necessary.
To read more about prenatal testing and the associated costs, click here to visit the Ascot Radiology website.