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New Panorama® Test Aids Prenatal Screening

Easy and non-invasive, Panorama® requires just a simple blood draw as early as 9 weeks into pregnancy. More accurate than traditional maternal serum screening, the test can determine whether your baby is at higher risk for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome and Patau Syndrome.

Your children are the most important thing in your life. From the moment we see the blue line appear on the pregnancy test we cradle our stomachs, eat well, follow our doctor’s advice and alter our activities so to protect and nourish our bump every step of the way. We know how to prepare for the best possible outcome – based on the things we are aware of – but how do we protect and provide for the things that are more unpredictable?

Natera works to create tests which deliver essential genetic information about your baby early in your pregnancy. Their simple non-invasive blood test, Panorama®, can screen for a range of genetic abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome, as well as determine gender as early as 9 weeks, providing you with the opportunity to plan for your baby’s future good health.

The benefit of knowing if a child is going to be born with medical complications can allow for advance preparation. A patient who planned to give birth at home might choose a hospital instead. A pre-birth diagnosis can also allow for early medical intervention, possibly even in utero or immediately following birth, resulting in more effective, targeted care. Expert knowledge can help alleviate any issues, ease concerns and help you feel more confident about caring for your baby. There is also long-range planning to take into consideration, such as physically preparing a home environment that is safe for a baby with special needs.

Prenatal testing allows you to know more about your baby before it is born. Genetic information acquired during pregnancy rather than at birth lets parents gain further knowledge and make plans accordingly. No one likes a surprise; with a simple, early test, expectant parents can best prepare for their exciting new arrival.

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Panorama® is now available in the United Kingdom in partnership with NewGene Ltd.

Please contact NewGene at or call 0191 242 1923