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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

WHAT IS NON-INVASIVE PRENATAL TESTING (NIPT)?

NIPT test is done using sample of the mother blood during the time of pregnancy to know whether the baby has certain chromosome that may can affect health and development. During pregnancy baby DNA, fetal DNA crosses in to the mother’s bloodstream and this carries baby’s genetic information.

WHAT DOES THE NIPT TEST FOR?
Mostly NIPT test will test for conditions including Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)Edward Syndrome(Trisomy 18)Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13) and certain sex chromosome variations.

WHO MIGHT WANT TO HAVE NIPT?
The test might be useful for women in the following situation/s:

  • A screening test during the pregnancy has indicated that the baby is at increased chance of having a chromosome condition
  • An ultrasound indicates a concern with the baby’s growth and/or development
  •  A previous pregnancy has been affected by a chromosome condition
  •  Older mothers (aged 35 years or more at the date of delivery) who have a higher chance of having a baby with a chromosome condition

HOW ACCURATE IS NIPT?
NIPT is highly accurate in compare to Medicare funded first trimester screening (CFTS).
NIPT is accurate more than 99% with a 0.2% of false positive rate.





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