Non-Invasive Prenatal testing
Queensland’s first non-invasive prenatal test offering 99% accuracy
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) 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 produce a report whether it is detected or not, unlike competing technologies that are either unable to report a negative, or not even detect it at all.
- Why should I have the Panorama NIPT test?
The Panorama NIPT test, can provide an indication as to whether there is a high chance your baby has a chromosomal condition. It may help you decide whether further testing, 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 Panorama NIPT 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 also suitable for women who are carrying more than one baby (twins), surrogates, women who have used an egg donor or embryos, or have received a bone marrow transplant. Twin zygosity is tested and reported. The test is unsuitable for women whose pregnancy has resulted from a consanguineous relationship.
- 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 NIPT 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 Panorama NIPT 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 your obstetrician or GP to provide a referral for the test for you – your GP can easily download a Panorama NIPT test request form.
Once you have received the pathology request form from your doctor, contact your local Queensland Fertility Group clinic 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.
To find out more about the Panorama NIPT test at Queensland Fertility Group, contact us on 1800 111 483 or complete the form below.
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