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). 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: Your ultrasound shows concerns with the fetal growth and/ or development You have an abnormal or “positive” first trimester and/or second trimester serum screen (blood test) result You have a personal or family history of a chromosomal condition You are considered of advanced maternal age 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. Can be performed as early as 10 weeks Tests for trisomies 21, 18, and 13 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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