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Prenatal Screening Options

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The Choice Is Yours

Each of these screening options offers distinct advantages and each mother-to-be has her own preferences regarding this testing. We are pleased to be able to make these available to you, but also realize that prenatal screening isn’t for everyone.

While these tests can give a lot of information to you about your baby’s chance for these conditions, it is important for you to know that it is not required that any of these tests be done at all during pregnancy.   
Regardless of your choice, you will still be offered an ultrasound as a routine part of your care, usually around 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. 

We welcome your questions regarding prenatal screening and always have staff available to talk with you about these options.

Test Comparison

FirstScreen leads to the detection of approximately:

  • 83% of babies with Down syndrome
  • 80% of babies with trisomy 18

IntegratedScreen leads to the detection of approximately:

  •  92% of babies with Down syndrome
  •  90% of babies with trisomy 18
  •  80% of babies with neural tube defects

Traditional second trimester screening leads to the detection of approximately:

  • 70% of babies with of Down syndrome
  • 50% of babies with trisomy 18
  • 80% of babies with neural tube defects

It is also important to remember that specific detection rates will depend upon the laboratory that is used to analyze your samples.







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