Prenatal Genetic Testing
Options for prenatal testing include the enhanced FTS (First Trimester Screen) (eFTS) which is covered by OHIP and NIPT (Noninvasive Prenatal Testing) which is not covered unless you are over 40 years old, have an abnormal eFTS result or other risk factors which increase the risk of a genetic abnormality in the fetus. For information on eFTS: click here. For information on NIPT click here and click here. Enhanced FTS screening will be discussed with Dr. Vassiliou at the clinic.
Amniocentesis is also an option for women over 40 years old.
Your family doctor or Dr. Vassiliou will discuss these options in detail. In certain circumstances a referral will be made to CHEO genetics department.
Be aware that eFTS testing needs to be completed by 13 3/7 weeks gestation so early booking for this test is imperative.