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Prenatal Testing

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is available through Virtus Genetics for women who are at least 9 weeks pregnant, and would like reassurance about the health of their unborn child.

Virtus Genetics 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 more than 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?

The Panorama NIPT test 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 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 laboratory test uses a blood sample from the mother to find the baby’s DNA. This allows scientists to look for certain chromosome conditions which could affect the baby’s health.

To have the test, a small sample of blood is drawn from the mother’s arm.

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