Excellent clinical utility

Ability to order NIPT as an add-on or reflex—or in combination with biochemical screening—reduces diagnostic timeline, streamlines ordering and resulting process, and eliminates added visits for blood draws.

NTD Eurofins offers both biochemical and cell-free fetal DNA screening test options.

• NTD offers biochemical + NIPT test options
• All specimens drawn at initial visits
• Saves time in the testing process
• Convenient and hassle-free for patients (no return visits)

Performed between 10 weeks, 0 days and 13 weeks, 6 days gestation, the test combines ultrasound markers with the analysis of five biological markers to increase the detection rates and assess risk  for:

Chromosomal  Abnormalities

The chromosome abnormalities screened for in this test including:

  • Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)
  • Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome)
  • Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)

Optional Early Onset Preeclampsia (EOPE)

Early onset preeclampsia is defined as preeclampsia resulting in the delivery of the fetus before 34 weeks’ gestation. It is estimated to occur in approximately 0.5% of all pregnancies. Early onset preeclampsia is less common than the late form of the disorder, but contributes more to the morbidity and mortality of pregnant mothers and babies.

NTD also offers stand -alone preeclampsia screening that does not include a risk assessment for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome), or Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome).

Learn more about our Preeclampsia ScreenSM | T1

Optional Fetal Sex Assessment

Y chromosome assessment is now an option available to patients who are pregnant with singletons that will assess the fetal sex of a singleton pregnancy.

Fetal Sex Assessment now available with MaternalFetalScreen | T1®

Using real-time PCR technology, MaternalFetalScreen | T1® detects the presence of Y chromosome. This information is incorporated into the analyte MoM calculation, providing a more personalized risk assessment than ever before.

How? Using MoM adjustment factors allows individual analyte values to be compared to populations with similar clinical factors. Previous studies have shown differences in the median level of certain analytes based on fetal sex. The result of this added evaluation will further refine the risk analyses for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13 and early onset preeclampsia.


Optional Other Obstetric Complications

By analyzing the biochemical markers in patient’s blood, Maternal Fetal ScreenSM | T1 casts a wide net and also offers insight into  other maternal and fetal issues, such as aneuploidy, low birth weight, fetal loss, and stillbirth.

*Information provided if second trimester screening is included

How It Works

The Advantages of Free Beta hCG:

NTD Eurofins is the only laboratory that utilizes free beta hCG in their prenatal screening protocol. The use of free beta hCG in screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities has been demonstrated to be more effective than intact or total hCG. Intact/total hCG, while an effective second trimester marker, is far less effective during the first trimester.

The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) technical guidelines on prenatal screening state the following:

“Before 11 weeks, free beta hCG is discriminatory but hCG is not. Between 11 and 13 gestational weeks, free beta hCG is univariately a more discriminatory Down syndrome screening marker than hCG.”

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    An ultrasound examination is needed to confirm gestational age, measure the nuchal translucency (NT), and assess the fetal nasal bone.

    Research shows that the fetal nasal bone is absent in approximately 70% of all Down syndrome cases. With the Fetal Nasal Bone Assessment option added to the Maternal Fetal Screen | T1SM protocol, physicians can raise the detection rate and lower the false positive rate for Down syndrome.

    If early onset preeclampsia screening is ordered, mean arterial pressure (MAP) and evaluation of the uterine artery doppler pulsatility index is recommended to maximize the detection efficiency.

Uterine Artery Doppler Pulsatility Index

Normal First Trimester Uterine Artery Doppler (UtAD)


Abnormal First Trimester Uterine Artery Doppler (UtAD)


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MAP Protocol

  • Make sure the patient is sitting comfortably with her feet on the floor, legs uncrossed, for about 5 minutes.
  • Blood pressure (BP) measured in both arms simultaneously.
  • Recordings at 1-minute intervals until stable.
  • Enter Left Arm and Right arm BP’s on NTD’s Test Requisition
  • MAP is calculated by NTD Labs.

Detection Rates

Bar Chart Detection Rates

Test Results

Turn around time:

MaternalFetalScreen | T1® results can be expected 2-5 days from the time the sample is received at the laboratory.

Turn around time is 3-6 days when adding the additional EOPE test option.

Turnaround time for reflex option is 6 days post reporting positive MaternalFetalScreen | T1® result.

Early Detection, Early Assurance with Instant Risk Assessment from eReports

First Trimester ScreenSM | Fß with Instant Risk Assessment from eReports enables physicians to present a complete risk assessment for Down syndrome and Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) and Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) during a single office visit and ensure same-day results notification for the patient. As early as 10 weeks gestation, a maternal blood sample can be collected and submitted to NTD. The results of the blood screen are maintained and made available to the physician when the patient undergoes her nuchal ultrasound exam between 11 weeks, 1 day and 13 weeks, 6 days of gestation. To save time, NTD provides web-based access to your patient’s biochemistry data through a secure eReports website.

  • Specimen Requirements and Shipping Instructions

    View the NTD Genetic Testing Sample Collection and Shipping Requirements Sheet.

    What it looks for

    · Down syndrome

    · Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome)

    · Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome)

    · Early Onset Preeclampsia

Learn more about why NTD Eurofins has been the laboratory to trust for over 30 years.

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