Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

This highly accurate screening test was introduced for Western Australian women in November 2012 by Western Ultrasound for Women. NIPT is a test which detects cell free fetal DNA in maternal serum. Using massively parallel sequencing technology and advanced genomics, the test is able to detect (with an accuracy of >99%) whether the fetus has Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome).  The risks for Trisomy 13 (Patau’s Syndrome) and Trisomy 18 (Edward’s Syndrome) and sex chromosome anomalies can also be assessed.  It is not performed in Western Australia at this stage and requires a blood sample from the mother being sent interstate.

The main advantage of this test is that it is non-invasive, and therefore, there is no chance of miscarriage and very little chance of infection.

We suggest an ultrasound prior to this test being performed. This is to ensure that the test is being performed at the right time of the pregnancy, and to diagnose multiple pregnancy.

The test involves (1) pre-test counselling and (2) a blood test.

You can have this test from 10 weeks‘ gestation.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Non-Invasive Prenatal Questions – please click here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

As Medical Imaging is considered an essential service, we are opened this week. But as guided by WA Health, all patients and staff are required to wear a mask whilst in the practice. Patients will be scanned alone with no accompanying person; and provided access to multiple images. All gynaecological procedures will be cancelled for now.

Please reschedule your appointment, and DO NOT ENTER our facilities, if you:

Have returned from interstate or overseas travel in the last 14 days; OR
Have been in contact with someone who has returned from interstate or overseas travel; OR
Have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19; OR
Have a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue, or any cold/flu like symptoms.

If you fit this criteria, please self-isolate at home until the 15th day following travel or contact, even if you are feeling well. If you are showing respiratory or flu-like symptoms, telephone your doctor or hospital Emergency Department before presenting yourself. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call '000' and advise the operator you are in self quarantine because of COVID-19 risk.

Western Ultrasound for Women encourages all to download and activate the SafeWA app to improve contact tracing.

Western Ultrasound is committed to the risk mitigation of Coronavirus COVID-19 as one of our priorities for patient safety and quality of care.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes to regular operating hours. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience arising from measures we're taking for the safety of staff and patients.

COVID-19 Health Information Hotline: 1800 020 080 | Department of Health Health Warnings

Updated 1 February 2021