NIPT or Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing is emerging as one of the most popular tests for prenatal screening option for downs syndrome and other common chromosomal abnormalities. No doubt, NIPT is far more sensitive than the traditional double market test or the triple marker test which form a part of the biochemical screening tests. This is the reason many gynecologists are increasingly opting for NIPT as part of their prenatal screening protocols.
Ideally, the recommendation for NIPT should come from the gynecologist or fetal medicine specialist after considering the patient history, biochemical screening, and ultrasound results. Although many patients are also directly choosing NIPT as an additional test to rule out genetic defects and get further assurances. There is little harm in this as long as one is taking guidance from an experienced doctor ideally before or at least after the test.
Many patients are searching for NIPT tests online. However before one jumps to find out NIPT test cost and make a decision based on the price, it is important to understand the differences in the technologies and methodologies in the various NIPT tests available in the market. Remember like every other product, diagnostic tests are also available at different price points, and these differences are not just due to sales, promotions or bargain deals. There are critical differences in the coverage, application, utility, and quality of tests leading to differences in costs and prices. What is important is to choose the appropriate test option based on the patient’s specific condition, history, and circumstances.
Although there are several tests available in the market, HARMONY is one of the oldest and most trusted brands in NIPT market. Here are the reasons why:
Bevilacqua E, et al. Performance of screening for aneuploidies by cell-free DNA analysis of maternal blood in twin pregnancies. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Oct 9
Bianchi DW et al. DNA sequencing versus standard prenatal aneuploidy screening. N Eng J Med. 2014 Aug 7; 371(6):578