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

The Government of Western Australia has declared a State of Emergency for Western Australia. The situation changes often; please inquire with our medical receptionists about the relevant steps taken to slow the spread.

Unsure of the situation or if an emergency lockdown occurs? Please attempt to confirm your appointment before coming.

Please reschedule your appointment, and DO NOT ENTER our facilities, if you:
Have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19; OR
Have a fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, or any cold/flu like symptoms.

If you fit this criteria, you may check your symptoms using healthdirect's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker. You should then call ahead to your doctor or hospital Emergency Department before presenting yourself there. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call '000' and advise the operator while remaining in self quarantine.

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. To maintain personal distancing, there may be changes to regular operating hours, and the scheduling of obstetric and gynaecological appointments. We may also seek to minimize contact time where necessary. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience arising from measures taken for the safety of staff and patients.

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

Updated 10 Aug 2021