NIPT test: Vistara
Vistara is a single-gene screening test that screens for a total of 25 genetic syndromes, all of which will cause severe illness in your newborn baby. The test is based on a blood sample from the mother and is available from as early as 9 weeks of pregnancy.
Vistara screens for syndromes with a combined frequency of 1:600, which is significantly higher than the frequency of Down Syndrome. We recommend taking the Vistara test in combination with the Panorama test, as the two complement each other well and provide a very detailed picture of your baby’s health.
Duration: 30 minutes
Price: DKK 7,500
Vistara + Panorama, Duration: 45 minutes
Price, incl. DKK 1,000 discount: DKK 11,900
Vistara provides important knowledge about your little one
The test screens for the following conditions:
Screening for 25 genetic conditions
- Alagille Syndrome
- Antley Bixler Syndrome
- Apert Syndrome
- Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome 1, 3 & 4
- CATSHL Syndrome
- CHARGE Syndrome
- Cornelia de Lange Syndrome 1 – 5
- Costello Syndrome
- Crouzon Syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrom: Classic, type VIIA, cardiac valvular form, type VIIB
- Epileptic encephalopathy: Early infantile & 2
- Intellectual disability
- Jackson Weiss Syndrome
- Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
- LEOPARD Syndrome 1 & 2 (Noonan Syndrome with multiple lentigines)
- Muenke Syndrome
- Noonan Syndrome 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8
- Osteogenesis imperfecta, type I, II, III & IV
- Pfeiffer Syndrome, type 1, 2 & 3
- Rett Syndrome
- Sotos Syndrome 1
- Thanatophoric dysplasia, type I & II
- Tuberous sclerosis 1 & 2
What’s included in the test?
- If you feel the need for guidance before booking your test, or have any questions regarding the process, our lovely staff are more than happy to help you. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need support of any kind.
- The test includes a thorough scan of your little one. We check to see if there are any developmental abnormalities (some will be visible on the screen, and vary from week to week).
- If you already went for a nuchal translucency scan and were given ‘soft markers’, we’ll review these and together investigate what they might indicate for the health of your baby. If you’d like us to, we are happy to measure the nuchal fold again.
- If your results from the test come back positive (with a high likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities), you are offered a placenta biopsy or amniocentesis as further confirmation. We are happy to refer you to a hospital.
Vistara at a glance
- Most of the diseases that Vistara screens for cannot be identified by ultrasound scan in early pregnancy. They can only be discovered in the 2nd and 3rd trimester or not at all.
- Vistara screens for 25 serious genetic conditions, such as Noonan Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and osteogenesis imperfecta.
- Vistara screens for conditions that together occur more frequently than Down Syndrome.
- Vistara screens for conditions that are not included in regular NIPT or carrier status screening.
Vistara is for you, if
- You are looking to gain vital information about how your little one is going to grow and develop.
- You would like a deeper understanding of your baby’s health. The conditions that Vistara screens for are not included in a regular chromosome study (e.g. placenta biopsy or amniocentesis).
- Abnormalities were discovered during an ultrasound scan, such as short bones or large nuchal fold.
- The future father is of a high age.
How your body weight influences test accuracy
During pregnancy, your blood contains fragments of your growing baby’s DNA. For the lab to accurately analyze your blood, the DNA from your little one must be at least at 4 percent – otherwise your test will come back blank.
1-2 percent of all tests will have to be rerun due to a lack of fetal DNA in the blood sample. This is more likely to happen if you are overweight.
Weight in relation to Vistara
This table gives you an overview of how your weight relates to the likelihood that your blood sample will contain sufficient fetal DNA for the lab to analyze the first time around. It is based on the study Prenatal Diagnosis (2013, 33, 662–666).
If your test runs blank based on the first blood sample, we offer a new test free of charge. 70 percent of those who did not receive an answer the first time around will obtain an answer based on their second blood sample.
Weight in kg
Pregnant women examined
Percentage who received an answer based on their first sample
Getting your test results
As soon as we receive your results from the lab in the US, we will contact you by phone. We prefer to always call with the test results – both the good and the difficult ones.
In case you would like us to email you instead, please let us know at your appointment. We will send your report in an encrypted email.
Do I still pay if the test comes back blank?
If for some reason your test comes back completely blank (with no results pertaining to the genetic conditions it is supposed to screen for) we do not charge you the full amount, but only DKK 1,000 to cover the consultation and your scan.
If your test comes back with partial results, covering some, but not all of the genetic conditions in question, you pay the full amount.
Did you know?
Although Vistara is a screening test, it has a sensitivity and specificity of more than 99% in validated studies, and false positive are yet to be found.