Panorama Non-invasive Prenatal Test

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

NIPT detects more than 99% of the chromosome conditions for Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome), 18 (Edwards Syndrome) and 21 (Down syndrome).NIPT test also screens for Monosomy X (Turner Syndrome) and 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 NIPT test?

The 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 NIPT 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 not suitable for women who are carrying more than one baby (twins or triplets), surrogates, women who have used an egg donor or embryos, or have received a bone marrow transplant. The test is also unsuitable for women whose pregnancy has resulted from a consanguineous relationship

How does 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 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.

How will I receive my results?

Results will be sent to your specialist within two to three weeks. They will then contact you to discuss the test results further with you.