Each embryo should have 23 pairs of chromosomes that house the genes utilized for fetal development as well as the overall development of the person that is growing inside of the mother’s belly. Abnormal chromosomal health could mean minor or major impacts on the development of the child. Prenatal testing allows the parents to know this information in advance, so the most informed decision can be made, and allow the parents to seek advanced advice from medical professionals if desired.
The DISCOVER™ test offers parents-to-be the option to obtain important information about the health of their developing baby, quickly, accurately and with little to no risk to their pregnancy.
This screening test is usually indicated for pregnant women who meet any of the following criteria:
Results tell the provider whether or not trisomies 21, 18, 13 or sex chromosome abnormalities (if ordered) are highly likely to be present in pregnancy. In the case of a positive result, the provider will discuss what the results mean to your pregnancy as well as further testing options to consider.
Your test report will include one of three possible results for chromosomes 21, 18, and 13:
No Aneuploidy Detected—means the expected number of chromosomes was found.
Aneuploidy Detected—means too many or too few copies of one of the chromosomes have been identified. This can indicate a chromosome abnormality. Your provider may advise a diagnostic test for confirmation
In significantly rare cases, no result is possible. Your healthcare provider will discuss next steps with you.
With its superior technology, the DISCOVER™ test provides clinical evidence showing across-the-whole genome analysis in a real-world population. The performance of the DISCOVER™ prenatal test was evaluated in a major scientific study, which included more than 60 leading US medical research and teaching institutions.