Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

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Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a revolutionary advance in prenatal screening which can detect genetic material (DNA) from the placenta in a blood test from the mother. In the past, the ability to test DNA from the foetus required much more invasive methods such as amniocentesis or placental biopsies, which are not without risks to mothers and their babies. NIPT is a simple and highly accurate test which may help avoid more invasive prenatal testing methods.

The Generation® non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) screens for the most common chromosomal abnormalities that can affect your baby’s future health using a simple blood test. The Generation® NIPT is available from as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, for both singleton and twin pregnancies. Your doctor may recommend the Generation® Plus test which also tests for removal of small parts of the baby’s DNA (microdeletions) when there are reasons to do so.

The Generation® screen provides the following features

  • Generation® NIPT only $395
  • You can have an NIPT blood test as early as 10 weeks
  • 99% Accuracy for Trisomy 21, 18 & 13
  • The lowest reported test failure rate of any NIPT
  • Doctors will receive results within 5-7 days
  • All screens are analysed in an accredited Australian* laboratory
  • Only a single tube of blood is drawn

* If a Generation® Plus test is requested, your sample will be sent to an accredited laboratory in California. Results will be available in 10-12 days due to shipping times.

NB: Prices are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice.

FAQs

  1. Make an appointment to see your medical practitioner and discuss the Generation® NIPT.
  2. Complete the request form (as per resources below) with your doctor.
  3. Pay online using our payment portal by clicking here. If you have any payment issues, please call 1800 822 999 Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST and our dedicated Customer Care team will be happy to help you.
  4. The receipt number you receive from our system should be written on your request form.
  5. Whilst paying online you can search for the most convenient location to have your blood test, or click here to see where you can have your sample collected.
  6. Bring the request form with you when you wish to have your blood collected. In order to have the quality of your sample at its highest, collections for NIPT only occur Monday to Friday. Your blood sample will be taken and sent to the lab.
  7. Your Generation® NIPT is performed and your results are delivered to your medical practitioner.

Please note: Generation® Plus tests are not collected each day. Please check the request from your Doctor as to which day of the week Generation® Plus is collected. This NIPT option can also only be performed on singleton pregnancies.

The Generation® prenatal test does not qualify for a Medicare rebate and requires payment before testing is performed. The total out-of-pocket cost to the patient for the standard test for chromosomes 13, 18, 21 and sex chromosomes is $395*. The price for the Generation® Plus test is $695*. 

*Prices are valid as of January 2020 and are subject to change.

During pregnancy, some of the baby’s DNA from the placenta crosses into your bloodstream. After your blood test, the Generation® NIPT tests this DNA to identify certain chromosome conditions in your pregnancy. The Generation® test takes a deeper approach to the science, using an advanced technology called “Massively Parallel Sequencing” to analyse millions of DNA fragments per sample and accurately count the number of chromosomes present to determine if there are too many or too few copies of the tested chromosomes in your baby.

Chromosomes normally come in pairs. Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes, with one pair which determines sex. Any more or less can lead to mental or physical disabilities, with different levels of severity.

The Generation® NIPT looks for too few (missing) or too many (extra) copies of chromosomes, which are often associated with these disabilities. If it’s requested by your doctor, more rarely occurring microdeletion genetic syndromes are also tested for. These microdeletion syndromes are caused by the loss of a small piece of a chromosome and testing might be recommended by your doctor for a number of clinical reasons.

  Syndrome

Generation®

 ($395)

Generation®PLUS*

($695)

Trisomy 21 Down
Trisomy 18 Edwards
Trisomy 13 Patau
Sex chromosome aneuploidies  
22q11 Deletion Di George  
15q11 Angelman/Prader-Willi  
1p36    
4p Wolf-Hirschorn  
5p Cri-du-chat  

Simply because it can be used to obtain important and accurate information about the health of your developing baby in the first trimester (at 10 weeks), with little or no risk to the pregnancy.

 This screening test may be an option for you if:

  • You will be 35 years or older at the time of delivery (32 years or older for a twin pregnancy)
  • You have an abnormal or “positive” serum screen
  • Your ultrasound has revealed concerns or abnormalities with foetal growth and / or development
  • You have a personal or family history suggestive of a chromosome disorder (eg. Down syndrome)

What’s more, clinical best practice guidelines from Australian and international medical societies recommend that all pregnant women, regardless of risk status, be given the opportunity to take an NIPT and other available prenatal screening and diagnostic tests.

The Generation® prenatal test is a highly accurate advanced screening test that is non-invasive. No test, however, can guarantee a baby will not have any medical issues.

The Generation® test only addresses aneuploidies of chromosomes 21, 18, 13, and sex chromosomes. It doesn’t test for genetic and non-genetic problems that may be present in a baby or report on them.

No. You can specify on the Generation® test form if you want to be told about foetal sex, or you can specify not to know, if you prefer.

No. Generation® NIPT is offered as a screening test for the common chromosomal changes and foetal sex results are offered as a courtesy if requested.

Both Generation® and Generation® Plus tests use one of the most accurate methods to test for these conditions.

No. The test has been designed to reliably detect foetal aneuploidies from 10 weeks gestation onwards. Testing before 10 weeks may result in a higher test failure rate.

Testing can be performed any time from 10 weeks onwards up until the date of delivery. However, options available in the case of a high risk of aneuploidy result may be limited, based on individual state regulations.

The maternal serum screen is an aneuploidy screening test which is only available during the first trimester period whereas NIPT can be offered anytime during a pregnancy. The accuracy of serum screening is not as high as NIPT for the common aneuploidies and it has both a higher false positive and a higher false negative rate than NIPT. This means serum screening  incorrectly reports that your baby has a high risk of a genetic change when they do not, or a low risk of a genetic change when the baby may actually have a genetic abnormality, at higher rates than with the NIPT test.

No. There are no Medicare rebates for NIPT testing at this time. We endeavour to keep our prices as low as possible and we have one of the lowest cost NIPT tests available.

No. The collection centre cannot take your payment. However, you can pay online anytime by clicking here. If you’re unable to pay online, you can make payment by phone Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm AEST on 1800 822 999.

Please note: 

As this website contains only general education information, professional advice from your medical practitioner should be sought before applying the information in this website to particular circumstances. You should not rely on any information contained in this website without first obtaining professional advice. Prices are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice.

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