Bray Women’s Health Centre, along with The Ultrasound Suite offer both Harmony and Panorama non invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).
This is a simple blood test which analyses cell-free fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood, and can be done after 9 or 10 weeks gestation depending on whether you choose harmony or Panorama.
It is a screening test for Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edward’s Syndrome (Trisomy 18) , Patau’s Syndrome (Trisomy 13) as well as X and Y chromosome conditions, microdeletions,and the sex of the fetus if requested.
It is necessary to have had a scan prior to the blood test to have accurate dates and to know if this is a single or multiple pregnancy.
NIPT has a high accuracy for assessing fetal trisomy risk. It identifies more than 99% of Trisomy 21, 98% of Trisomy 18 and 80% with Trisomy 13.
The sex of the fetus, if requested , is determined with >99% accuracy
If you are still unsure don’t worry, because the Doctor will discuss it all with you at your appointment.