Non Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPT)

Non Invasive Prenatal ScreeningBray 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

There are several different panels of tests and they are all slightly different prices. Please ring us on 01 276 1522 for further details or refer to www.theultrasoundsuite.ie

If you are still unsure don’t worry, because the Doctor will discuss it all with you at your appointment.