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Who can be tested?
The NIPT by GenePlanet is available to any woman from week 10 of pregnancy.
What does the NIPT by GenePlanet test tell me?
The NIPT by GenePlanet tells you your risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome or Patau Syndrome. Although NIPT by GenePlanet tests with 99.5% accuracy for these conditions, as a screening test it does not tell you with 100% accuracy that your baby does or doesn't have one of these conditions.
The NIPT by GenePlanet also provides optional testing for certain deletion syndromes and sex chromosomal aneuploidies at no extra cost.
In addition, the NIPT by GenePlanet can also provide gender information should you wish to know.
How does the NIPT by GenePlanet test work?
Cell free DNA originating from the fetus is present in the mother's blood circulation during pregnancy. By taking a small maternal blood sample, NIPT by GenePlanet analyses this cell free fetal DNA on genetic sequencing machines to see whether any chromosomal abnormality is present.

For more information please visit the 'Science Behind NIPT by GenePlanet' page on our website or watch our introductory video where the test methodology is explained in further detail.
How accurate is the NIPT by GenePlanet test?
NIPT by GenePlanet is accurate to 99.5% for detection of Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome and Patau Syndrome.
This figure is quoted based on two external validation studies.
It is important to note that NIPT by GenePlanet is a screening test, which means that it does not test with 100% accuracy like an invasive diagnostic procedure such as amniocentesis.
 

When will I get my results?
Results are available within 6 - 8 working days from the healthcare provider who conducted your NIPT by GenePlanet test.
What is a false positive result?
A false positive result is classified as when a result comes back as positive for a condition when in fact subsequent confirmatory diagnostic testing shows the fetus not to have the condition.

NIPT by GenePlanet has a false positive rate of 0.1%.
What’s the difference between a diagnostic test and a screening test?
A diagnostic test is one that tests with 100% accuracy and definitively tells you whether a condition exists or not. The drawback for diagnostic prenatal tests such as amniocentesis is that they carry a risk of miscarriage.

A screening test indicates the risk of having a condition, and while they may be highly accurate, do not test with 100% accuracy.

NIPT by GenePlanet is a screening test, so while it has a very high level of accuracy at 99.5% for detection of Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome and Patau Syndrome, it is not diagnostic.
How much does the NIPT by GenePlanet test cost?
The price of NIPT by GenePlanet varies depending on your country and healthcare provider. Please contact your healthcare provider for more information. If you are not sure where your nearest NIPT by GenePlanet provider is located, then please contact us via the contact form in our website.
What do I do if I get a high-risk result?
You should always review your results with your healthcare provider. We advise that in the event of a high-risk result, you undertake follow up confirmatory diagnostic testing.
Where is the NIPT by GenePlanet test available?
The NIPT by GenePlanet is available at many providers in Nigeria (see menu Order the test - Expecting parents). You can also contact us at: nipt@geneplanet.com.