What do my verifi prenatal test results mean?

What do my verifi™ prenatal test
results mean?
Your results will tell your doctor whether or not trisomies
21, 18, 13 or sex chromosome abnormalities (if these were
ordered) are highly suspected in this pregnancy. In the case
of a positive result, your healthcare provider may discuss
what the results mean to you and your fetus as well as further
testing options for your pregnancy.
How quickly will I get my results?
Your results will be sent to your healthcare provider, who will
usually receive them within 10 working days.
How much does the verifi™ prenatal test cost?
The verifi™ prenatal test does not qualify for a Medicare rebate.
The total out-of-pocket cost to the patient is $595*, which
is payable via credit card through our Accounts Department
on 03 9287 7888 at least the day before you present to have
your test.
How do I organise a verifi™ prenatal test?
The verifi™ prenatal test is only available Monday to Wednesday
at the following Melbourne Pathology collection centres:
Suburb
Address
Hours
Bentleigh
East
1080 North Rd
9:30 – 12 noon
Box Hill
Epworth Eastern Hospital,
1 Arnold St
9:30 – 12 noon
East
128 Grey St
Melbourne
9:30 – 12 noon
The verifi™ prenatal test is available
exclusively through Melbourne
Pathology and other Sonic
Healthcare Australia subsidiaries.
About Sonic Healthcare
Melbourne Pathology is a subsidiary of Sonic Healthcare
Limited, Australia’s largest pathology provider. We understand
that pathology is the foundation of modern medicine,
providing 70% of all medical diagnoses and every single
cancer diagnosis.
We are committed to providing quality pathology to doctors
and their patients by employing world renowned pathologists,
highly trained scientists, and through the continual investment
in state-of-the-art technology and medical innovations.
At Melbourne Pathology, quality is in our DNA.
About Verinata
Verinata Health, Inc is a US company that is at the forefront
of improving prenatal testing options, and is committed to
helping clinicians offer the latest in prenatal care to patients.
Their initial focus is to develop and offer non-invasive tests
for early identification of fetal chromosomal abnormalities
through their proprietary technologies.
For further information please call 03 9287 7799 or 1800 010 447.
Frankston
Frankston Private Hospital, L3,
24 – 28 Frankston-Flinders Rd
9:30 – 12 noon
Hoppers
Crossing
Werribee Plaza Shopping Ctr
Cnr Derrimut & Heath’s Rds
9:30 – 11am
www.mps.com.au
Mulgrave
The Valley Private Hospital,
Churchill Consulting Suites,
Gladstone Rd
9:30 – 12 noon
Melbourne Pathology ABN 63 074 699 139
A subsidiary of SONIC HEALTHCARE LIMITED
103 Victoria Parade Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066
Switchboard 03 9287 7700
Test requests must be made on a special request form and
can only be ordered by obstetricians.
You must call our Accounts Department (Monday to
Friday, 8:30am – 5pm) on 03 9287 7888 to pay by credit
card at least the day before you present for your test.
You can only present for testing Monday to Wednesday at
the collection centres and hours listed above (after payment
has been made) to enable prompt sample transfer to the USA
where testing will be conducted.
* Details correct as of 19 May 2014. Prices may be subject to change without notice.
*Details correct at the time of printing. May be subject to change without notice – May 2014
Patient Information
A new innovation
in non-invasive
prenatal testing
A new prenatal blood test is now
available for women with high- risk
pregnancies before needing to
proceed to amniocentesis or
chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
The verifi™ prenatal test is a non-invasive screening test
that detects three primary chromosomal abnormalities
– trisomies 21, 18 and 13 – from a single blood test. This
non-invasive test has been available in the US for over a year,
where thousands of women have been tested.
What are the advantages of the verifi™
prenatal test over my current options?
In comparison to other testing options, the verifi™ prenatal
test provides more accurate information than calculating
chances (risk scores), and does not carry the risk of
complications that an invasive procedure can have.
What is the verifi™ prenatal test?
It also:
The verifi™ prenatal test measures genetic material (or DNA)
from a pregnant woman’s blood to look for too few or too
many copies of chromosomes in the mother and baby.
Missing or extra copies of chromosomes are referred to as
“aneuploidies” and may be related to conditions in pregnancy
such as trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards
syndrome), or trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome). The test can also
look for other conditions caused by missing and extra copies
of other types of chromosomes, called sex chromosomes
(X and Y).
ƒƒ Uses just a simple, single blood test from your arm
How do I know if this test is right for me?
This test is usually offered to pregnant women identified by
their doctor to have a chance of fetal aneuploidy. The verifi™
test offers a new choice to women to have information about
their pregnancy, as accurately as possible from a simple blood
test, with little or no risk to their pregnancy.
The test may be an option for you to consider if:
ƒƒ Your ultrasound shows concerns with the fetal growth and/
or development
ƒƒ You have an abnormal or “positive” first trimester and/or
second trimester serum screen (blood test) result
ƒƒ You have a personal or family history of a
chromosomal condition
ƒƒ You are considered of advanced maternal age
ƒƒ You have a confirmed singleton or twin pregnancy of at
least10 weeks gestational age
What are my current testing options?
There are various screening and diagnostic options available
for the common chromosomal conditions. Current screening
options can tell you the chance (for example, 1 in 50 or
1 in 5000) of your pregnancy having a certain chromosome
problem, but they do not provide a definitive answer. Current
invasive procedures (such as a CVS or amniocentesis) can
provide a more definitive answer, but they have a small risk of
complications, including miscarriage.
ƒƒ Can be performed as early as 10 weeks
ƒƒ Tests for trisomies 21, 18, and 13
ƒƒ Tests for sex chromosome conditions (if this option is
ordered by your healthcare provider)
How do I know the verifi™ prenatal test
is effective?
A major scientific study with more than 60 leading US
medical research and teaching institutions has been
undertaken in the US. The clinical information presented in
this study has been reviewed and published in the leading
journal read by obstetricians and gynaecologists.
Do normal verifi™ prenatal test results mean
that my baby will be perfectly healthy?
No test can guarantee a baby will not have any medical
issues. The verifi™ prenatal test only tests for
aneuploidies of chromosomes 21,
18, 13, and sex chromosomes. It
does not test for all genetic and
non- genetic problems that may
be present in a baby. If the test
result is “No aneuploidy detected”,
indicating a negative result, it does
not completely rule out all potential
problems with chromosomes 21,
18, and 13, or all sex chromosome
aneuploidies in your baby.
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