Non-invasive prenatal screening or NIPS, a new era in Down syndrome screening offering a detection rate of over 99% is now available at City Imaging Ultrasound for Women.

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The Non Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) involves a simple blood test from 10 weeks gestation onwards. The test determines the risk of trisomy 21, 18 and 13 by measuring the relative amount of chromosome material in the form of fragments of fetal DNA (also known as known as fetal cell-free DNA or cfDNA) in the maternal blood. By incorporating information on maternal age, gestational age and the relative amount of fetal cfDNA in maternal blood, the risk of each trisomy is calculated. The analysis is performed in the United States of America by Ariosa Diagnostics, using a blood test called the Harmony Prenatal Test.

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More information can be found on the Ariosa website

City Imaging - Ultrasound for Women is a modern, friendly ultrasound practice on Victoria Parade in East Melbourne, opposite St Vincents Hospital. We offer a full range of ultrasound examinations to women of all ages, including obstetrical ultrasound, Non-invasive prenatal screening for Down, Combined First trimester screening for Down Syndrome, counselling regarding prenatal testing, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and gynaecological ultrasound including tubal patency assessment and assessment for endometriosis. All ultrasound are performed by highly trained sonographers on state of the art equipement under supervision of Obstetrician-Gynaecologists with a subspecialty in Ultrasound.
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City Imaging
P: 03 9650 8833
F: 03 9650 1167
Suite 520 (Level 5), 100 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne 3002

Dr. Andrew Edwards
Dr. Mark Teoh
Dr. Sofie Piessens
Dr. Rebecca Chalmers