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The Harmony Test is a non-invasive prenatal test that can be carried out after 10 weeks of pregnancy. It is a blood test that analyses the DNA from the baby that circulates in the mother’s blood. This test has a detection rate of 99% for Down syndrome. The test is also useful for the detection of Edward’s and Patau’s syndrome as well as conditions affecting the sex chromosomes X and Y. Although the Harmony test is good for screening several key chromosomal conditions, it does not rule out all fetal abnormalities. At GCRM-Belfast, the Harmony blood test includes an ultrasound scan, and costs £480. You will be seen by Dr Stephen Ong, who is a Fetal Medicine Consultant and highly skilled in ultrasound. Unlike other units in Belfast, we have the ability to make a referral for further testing (such as amniocentesis), in the event that your test is abnormal.
Dr Stephen Ong now offers the Panorama test. This is a non-invasive prenatal screening test for Down’s syndrome and several other syndromes such as DiGeorge syndrome. If you wish to have a telephone discussion about this, please contact [email protected]
The test is offered at £580 and includes an ultrasound scan.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG) frequently produces patient information leaflets on conditions or situations in pregnancy. You can find this resource at :
You can also find guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence such as the NICE guidelines on antenatal care: