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Test Identifier Information

 
Registration CodeMSS1 (first trimester) or MSS2 (second trimester)
Diagnostic Use / Indications

The antenatal screen for Downs syndrome and other conditions gives an estimate of the risk that the fetus has a neural tube defect (after 15 weeks only) or chromosome abnormality. If the screen shows an increased risk, it is recomended that the woman is offered specialist referal.

External PriceContact Canterbury Health Laboratories on +64 3 364 0484 or email Labinfo.
  

Specimen Collection

 
Pre-Testing Requirements

Counselling required by primary health giver.

Trimester 1 (MSS1) bloods can be taken between 9 weeks and 13 weeks 6 days , a sonographic scan is required as part of the risk prediction and is performed between 11 weeks and 13 weeks 6 days.

Trimester 2 (MSS2) bloods can be taken between 14 and 20 weeks.

 

Specimen Collection Protocols

Trimester 1 (MSS1) bloods can be taken between 9 weeks and 13 weeks 6 days , a sonographic scan is required as part of the risk prediction and is performed between 11 weeks and 13 weeks 6 days.

Trimester 2 (MSS2) bloods can be taken between 14 and 20 weeks.

Separated serum is stable for 6 days at 2-8 oC 

Please use the new "antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions" forms.

The form can be located by clicking here

Patient SpecimenBlood 10 mL Plain (T15) or 7 mL SST tube
Sample Delivery to LabAmbient
  

Instructions for Referral to CHLabs

 
Aliquot InstructionsSeparate within 4 hours and freeze aliquot (2 mL Serum)
Aliquot Transport to CHLfrozen
  

CHLabs Laboratory

 
DepartmentBiochemistry - Antenatal
Contact Details Email Email
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Test AvailabilityWeek days
Turnaround Time3 working days from date of receipt of sample at CHL
Additional Information

Contact Melanie Green or Janeen Kaye on: 3640122 for additional information or results.

Either a trimester 1 or a trimester 2 screen is free for a New Zealand resident, this is funded by the Ministry of Health National Screening Unit. Non-residents are not funded, the price is $95 for a 1st trimester test and $190 for a 2nd trimester test, these costs are exclusive of blood collection fee, GST and Radiographers fee for the scan.  Please indicate Non-residents on the requesting form.

Integrated (combined trimester 1 & 2 ) testing is available but is not recommended or funded by the Ministry of Health National Screening Unit.  The cost for integrated testing is $182, this cost is exclusive of blood collection fee & GST. Requests are to be hand written onto the antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions form.

Please use the new antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions forms or Email labinfo@cdhb.govt.nz for further supplies.   

 

Delphic Number Test Number3886

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