Panorama: FAQ's Featured

People often ask these questions:

WHO SHOULD HAVE PANORAMA NIPT?

The Panorama prenatal screen is designed for women of any age and ethnicity who are at least 9 weeks pregnant. It cannot currently be used by women carrying three or more babies (triplets and above), women who have used an egg donor or surrogate carrying more than one baby (twins or triplets), or those who have received a bone marrow transplant.

WHEN SHOULD I HAVE PANORMA NIPT?
Panorama can be performed as early as 9 weeks into the pregnancy. For women who weigh more than 90 kg, it is advised to wait until 11-12 weeks of pregnancy to improve the likelihood of obtaining a result.

WHAT TYPE OF SAMPLE DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?
Panorama only requires a simple blood draw from the mom. The biological father does not need to be present.

WHEN WILL MY RESULTS BE AVAILABLE?
Most results will be returned to your treating doctor or specialist within 7-10 working days.

WILL MY MEDICAL AID COVER THE COSTS?
Currently only Discovery Health covers the cost of the NIPT via the Maternity Benefit Scheme. Patients must be registered under the Discovery Health Maternity Benefit Scheme. You can register as soon as the pregnancy has been confirmed.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE NIPT ON THE DISCOVERY HEALTH MATERNITY BENEFIT SCHEME?
Patients 40 years of age or above
High or Intermediate risk following a 1st or 2nd trimester biochemistry report
Previous pregnancy with a chromosomal abnormality [Trisomy 21 (Downs syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)] If the patient receives a Low risk report (based on 1st or 2nd trimester biochemistry report), the cost of the test can be covered from the day-to-day benefits, where applicable. If this has been depleted, then it is an out of pocket cost to the patient. In this instance, the patient may elect to use Lancet’s payment plan option. For additional information regarding payment plans or Discovery Health NIPT coverage please contact Lancet on 086 163 3337 (Operating Hours: Mon-Fri | 08H00-17H00) or email nipt@lancet.co.za.

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PANORAMA NIPT?
The cost of Panorama varies with the prenatal screening panel selected. We have three options available for the NIPT screen. Please contact Lancet on 086 163 3337 or email nipt@lancet.co.za. for additional information regarding pricing.

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PANORAMA NIPT?
To learn more about this DNA prenatal screening test, please visit http://www.lancet.co.za/prenatal-dna-screening/ You can also learn more about Panorama by scheduling a free 15-minute information session with one of Natera's board-certified Genetic Counsellors. They are only available for pre-test counselling. Appointments are available in English only and are limited to certain hours. Simply schedule at: my.natera.com/services/genetic_information

 

 

 

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