At CRGH we are pleased to be able to offer you the most accurate form of Down syndrome screening, in the form of the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT). A non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) analyses the DNA circulating in the pregnant mother’s blood from 10 weeks gestation.
There are two tests available; Basic (also known as NACE) and Extended. For more information on both tests please download our guide below.
It can be performed from the 10th week of pregnancy, and is a blood test which does not pose any risk to the pregnancy. The test starts with an ultrasound scan to confirm the dates of the pregnancy and presence of a foetal heartbeat.
It is a new option in prenatal screening for Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (trisomy 18 ), Patau’s Syndrome (trisomy 13) and also common chromosomal conditions associated with X and Y chromosome .
An NIPT test can be requested for any singleton or twin pregnancies, including in vitro fertilisation (IVF) pregnancies with egg donors. The NIPT Test is now the most accurate non invasive screening for the most common aneuploidies.
Abnormalities in individual genes are not detectable. If you have a personal or family history of a specific genetic condition, please book a consultation with our Genetic Counsellor before proceeding with any tests.
Results take 10 working days.
For more information please contact us on +44 (0)20 7837 2905 or firstname.lastname@example.org uk.