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Genetic Carrier Screening

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Genetic Carrier Screening


Genetic Carrier Screening gives individuals and couples information about their risk of having a child with a genetic condition. The testing available at Ascot Radiology is a combined screen for the three most common conditions; Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X syndrome and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


Testing is done via a mouth swab and is sent to the Victoria Clinical Genetics Service (VCGS) in Melbourne. Results are available in around 10 days.

The test can be taken at any stage of the pregnancy, though usually early to allow for further testing if needed. If the woman is not a carrier, no further testing is needed.

This testing is also offered to women who are planning a pregnancy, and this gives time for the partner to be tested if she is a carrier. Both pregnant and non-pregnant women have access to the service offered at Ascot Radiology.

If the woman is a carrier, arrangements will be made to test the father also. If the father is also a carrier, the developing baby can be tested with an invasive test - Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) - to find out if it has the condition.

For more information, and to download a copy of VCGS's pamphlet, please click here.

How do I book?


Genetic Carrier Screening can be performed within our NIPT clinics with our trained counsellors.

If you are pregnant, your LMC should provide the following:

  • Your details including EDD.
  • The LMCs contact details for results.
  • A recent dating scan.

If you are not pregnant:

  • Phone up and book an appointment.
  • Provide your details and the details of your GP. We will alert your GP that the test has been performed and that results will be coming to them.

The cost for this test is $500 (inclusive of GST).


To download a copy of the referral form, please click here.

To book, please contact Sandra or Simoné on: (09) 555 9598 or email: nipt@ascotrad.co.nz

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