Kingsbridge Private Hospital is delighted to offer a new genetic screening test for expectant mothers.
The IONA test estimates the risk of a fetus having Down's syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau's syndrome (Trisomy 13).
The IONA test also offers optional fetal sex determination.
What are the advantages of the IONA test?
SAFE: non-invasive with no risk of miscarriage
FAST: the IONA test is the fastest non-invasive prenatal test available with results provided within 10 working days, from sample receipt
ACCURATE: greather than 99% for detection of trisomy conditions (fetal sex derterminatoin is greater than 97% accurate)
SIMPLE: uses a simple maternal blood sample
LOCAL: unlike other tests, the IONA test is performed in a laboratory local to you
QUALITY: unlike other tests, the IONA test is a regulated diagnostic, which is CE marked
How does it work?
During pregnancy the placenta leaks cell-free DNA which circulate in the maternal bloodstream. As a result, a maternal blood sample contains a mixture of fetal and maternal cicrulating DNA. The IONA test directly measures the amount of this cell-free DNA and can detect small changes in the DNA ratio between the maternal and cell-free DNA when a fetal trisomy is present.
Who can have the IONA test?
- Suitable for women who are at least 10 weeks pregnant
- Suitable for all singleton and twin pregnancies
- Suitable for IVF and surrogate pregnancies
- Unsuitable for women with cancer or with a trisomy or who have undergone a blood transfusion with the last 12 months
The IONA test complements the comprehensive range of antenatal services currently available at Kingsbridge Private Hospital. For further information on our antenatal packages, scans, tests and diagnostics, please visit our pregnancy page.
Where can I get the IONA test?
The IONA Prenatal Test is now available at Kingsbridge Private Hospital on Belfast’s Lisburn Road. At your appointment, you will have a consultation, scan and a small blood sample will be taken.
You can arrange an appointment via our dedicated private patient booking team on 02890 667878 or email email@example.com
When will I get the results?
We will contact you directly with the results from 10 working days from the date of the test. Advice and counselling options will be provided for all patients and their partners.
How much is the IONA Test?
The IONA Prenatal Test at Kingsbridge Private Hospital is £533 inclusive, and includes a consultation and scan.