Things have changed in the last two years.
Non-invasive tests have become cheaper and are more available.
For example, in a recent mail out from a Queensland lab advertising its services there are now over 50 collection centres including rural areas like Mackay, Rockhampton and Mt Isa. You still need to make a booking but that is a lot more convenient than travelling to a capital city for the blood test.
The advertised price is now $450 for Harmony test, although it is still not included in the list of MBS rebated pathology tests. You still need have accurate gestational age and this test can be done from 10 weeks.
19 April 2014
The most recent ANZJOG has two papers and an editorial about non-invasive prenatal testing for certain fetal genetic disorders.
This should really be called less invasive as unlike some DNA testing it does require a blood specimen. But it…
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