Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a simple, low risk screening test available to women who are 10 weeks pregnant and over. It is a blood test that analyses cell free DNA in the maternal blood.
At CFAC/CSC we use percept from VCGS. percept is a genome wide NIPT, screening for conditions across all 23 pairs of chromosomes. This genome-wide approach can detect the broadest range of chromosomal conditions when compared to standard NIPT options (that only screen for Trisomy 21, Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 and sex chromosome conditions).
NIPT is a screening test not a diagnostic test. A low risk result is reassuring, reducing the risk of a chromosome abnormality to approximately 1 in 10,000, while a high risk result should be confirmed with invasive testing (organised through Canberra Fetal Assessment Centre). The results typically take 7-10 days and there is a 2-4% chance of an inconclusive result. Results go back to your referring doctor. You may pick up a copy of your results at your next CFAC scan. CFAC is only in contact with you about your results if the result is high risk.
Please click on the link to the VCGS percept consent form.
NIPT is a private test and not yet on the Medicare Benefits schedule. The NIPT package through CFAC & CSC costs $625 and includes an early pregnancy ultrasound and the NIPT/FTS blood collection.
Please contact CFAC to make a booking for the NIPT package:
Book an appointment or (p) 02 6162 0582