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Non Invasive Prenatal Testing

What is Non Invasive Prenatal Testing?

Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) uses cell-free fetal DNA found in maternal blood to identify the most common chromosome conditions seen in newborns. This test is the most accurate prenatal screening test for Down Syndrome.

The NIPT blood test can be performed at any time from 10 weeks of pregnancy, as confirmed by a dating scan. The blood test will be taken at Ascot Radiology and the testing will be done in Melbourne by the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service (VCGS) using a deep sequencing technique. This has advantages including:

  • Improved accuracy.
  • Faster turnaround times.
  • Very low failure rate.
  • The ongoing commitment by VCGS to deliver a personalised service for LMCs, women, and the team at Ascot Radiology.

This group have a proven track record and will provide an excellent service.

For more information from the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network, please click here.

To download a copy of NZMFMN statement on the use of Non-Invaisive Prenatal Testing, please click here.

Our Packages

We have developed three packages initially which reflect our awareness that women will have several different requirements. Prices are current but are subject to change.

Level 1: Silver
A 15 minute consultation with a Fetal Medicine Midwife or Genetic Counsellor and blood taken for NIPT. Results available usually 5 working days later and will be double read by the team at Ascot Radiology with assistance to the LMC when it is not clear cut.
Cost: $750 (incl GST)

Level 2: Gold
A dating scan at Ascot Radiology prior to attendance at counselling. A 15 minute consultation with a Fetal Medicine Midwife or Genetic Counsellor and blood taken for NIPT. Results available usually 5 working days later and will be double read by the team at Ascot Radiology with assistance to the LMC when it is not clear cut.
Cost: $780 (incl GST)

Level 3: Platinum
A dating scan at Ascot Radiology prior to attendance at counselling. A 30 minute consultation regarding screening with a Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine and blood taken for NIPT. A Nuchal Translucency scan at Ascot Radiology. Results available usually 5 working days later and will be double read by the team at Ascot Radiology with planning and consultation when the results are not clear cut. Where there is a high risk result, invasive testing at Ascot Radiology will also be included in the package.
Cost: $1200 (incl GST)

How do I book?

Your LMC should provide the following:

  • Your details including EDD.
  • The LMCs contact details for results.
  • A recent dating scan (if Level 1 package).

Initially, appointments for Level 1 and 2 packages will be scheduled on a Monday morning only with results expected to be returned on the Friday of the same week. Appointments for Level 3 packages will be on a Friday morning with results expected the following Friday. We are expecting to have more availability throughout the week as the service grows.

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

To download a copy of the consent 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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