Panorama – Non-invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

Medical Genetics

Non-invasive prenatal genetic screening: an interview with Dr. Charles Strom, Senior Medical Director, Quest Diagnostics

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What syndromes can be screened for using non-invasive prenatal genetic testing?

A new category of non-invasive genetic screening tests is gaining a great deal of interest in the medical field – including from Quest Diagnostics — for its potential to help screen women during pregnancy for genetic abnormalities known as trisomies, the most common of which is Down syndrome.

This new category of blood tests evaluates cell-free fetal DNA in circulating maternal blood. Quest Diagnostics, which is a leader in genetic and women’s health diagnostics, is very interested in this field and recently announced it will soon offer access to a test called Panorama, which was developed by Natera.

The Panorama test can help physicians screen for chromosomal abnormalities associated with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) as…

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