Queensland’s first non-invasive prenatal test offering 99% accuracy
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) using the Panorama Test is available through Queensland Fertility Group for women who are at least 9 weeks pregnant, and would like reassurance about the health of their unborn child.
Queensland Fertility Group uses the Panorama Test, which is a non-invasive blood test that is safe for you and your baby. The test provides information about whether there is a high chance that your baby has a chromosome condition, such as Down syndrome. Panorama NIPT detects >99% of the chromosome conditions for Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome), 18 (Edwards Syndrome) and 21 (Down syndrome), making it the most accurate NIPT test available. Our NIPT test also screens for Monosomy X (Turner Syndrome) and Triploidy, and will report if it is detected or not unlike competing technologies that are either unable to report a negative or even detect it at all.
Why have the Panorama NIPT test?
By having the Panorama NIPT test, it can provide an indication as to whether there is a high chance your baby has a chromosomal condition, and can therefore help you decide whether further testing on the pregnancy itself, such as a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis, is something that you want to pursue. Both CVS and amniocentesis are more invasive tests, and have associated risks, including the small chance of miscarriage.
Who is the test suitable for?
The Panorama test is suitable for women who are at least 9 weeks pregnant. Whilst the test is available for anyone who would like to access it, patients who have a higher chance of chromosome abnormalities may be more inclined to choose to access the test. These include:
- Women of advanced maternal age
- Family history of chromosomal errors
- Early ultrasound scan shows abnormalities
- Abnormal first trimester screening
Please note that the test is not suitable for women who are carrying more than one baby (twins or triplets), surrogates, women who have used an egg donor, or have received a bone marrow transplant.
How does Panorama NIPT screening work?
During pregnancy, some of the DNA from the baby crosses into the mother’s bloodstream. DNA carries the baby’s genetic information on chromosomes. The Panorama prenatal test involves a small blood sample being taken from the mother to find the baby’s DNA, which is screened for chromosome conditions that could affect the baby’s health.
How can I access the prenatal test?
If you are a Queensland Fertility Group patient, speak to your fertility specialist about whether they are able to request the test for you, or whether they recommend organising the prenatal test through your Obstetrician.
If you are a non-Queensland Fertility Group patient, ask with your obstetrician or GP to request the test for you. They will need to access the following materials in order to request the prenatal test through Queensland Fertility Group:
For test request forms and booklets please go to the GP resources section of our website.
Once you have received the pathology request form from your doctor, contact Queensland Fertility Group to book an appointment for your blood test.
How will I receive my results?
Results will be sent to your doctor within 2 – 3 weeks. Your doctor will contact you to discuss the test results with you.
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