Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) assessed the motivations and experiences of over 200 women who had NIPT in Victoria. The study identified that detecting chromosome conditions and seeking reassurance as the most common reasons women wanted to use NIPT. The study also highlighted the importance of making informed decisions about prenatal screening and the results obtained.

Learn more about NIPT and read the study’s insights in full below.

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Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS or NIPT) using cell-free DNA has been widely adopted into clinical practice and is currently used to identify pregnancies that have an increased chance of chromosome conditions such as Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome.

Genome-wide NIPS is an advanced form of NIPS that is used to screen all 23 pairs of chromosomes. This test can identify whole extra or missing chromosomes, as well as partial deletions or duplications of chromosomes.