Accurate and Reliable Testing

The Illumiscreen prenatal test uses proven NGS technology to provide accurate NIPT results with the lowest failure rate

What is test failure?

For noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), test failure indicates that no call for chromosomal status can be made. This is an important factor in the reliability and clinical utility of NIPT. NIPT test failure rates vary significantly based on the test. Using whole-genome NGS, the Illumiscreen prenatal test from Illumina achieves the lowest
test failure rate in NIPT (Figure 1).

The impact of test failure?

As test failure is really an inconclusive result, it leads to increased anxiety on the part of the patient and the physician, and it can potentially lead to an increased number of follow-up invasive procedures to obtain information. Although ordering a second blood draw to repeat NIPT is an option, there are no guarantees that repeated NIPT test will provide a definitive result. In fact, as many as 65% of patients who receive a no-call result on their first draw fail to receive a conclusive result, even after factoring in repeat attempts.

1,*An additional concern related to test failure rate is that methods that do not use whole-genome sequencing (WGS) have higher test failure rates. According to the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), “women with failed cfDNA tests are at an increased risk with aneuploidy, and therefore need careful counselling about further testing, including the offer of diagnostic testing.” 2 With a lower test failure rate, whole-genome NGS-based assays are more likely to detect these aneuploidies the first time.

Fig. 1 Test failures may lead to invasive procedures. – Theoretical example of the number of invasive procedures requested due to NIPT failure and false-positive rates of the assays. Failure rates include assay failures and samples rejected to a low fetal fraction. Assay failure rate for the Harmony test is based on NGS studies and may not be consistent with actual test results achieved using the array-based Harmoney Test currently in use. *This 65% includes test failures from redraws and patients that either chose not to submit a second sample or are ineligible for a redraw due to specific features that prevent resolution with SNP-based NIPT (ie, large regions exhibiting loss of heterozygosity [LOH]. Affected pregnancies with a screening test failure were excluded from the number of detected T21.

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