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Discover More About Your Baby.

The Chroma™ prenatal screen is a DNA screening test that
provides you with genetic information about your
baby.

Women’s Care Florida is the first physician-owned practice in the state of Florida to perform its own non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT). We’re proud to offer our pregnant patients the most sophisticated resources in prenatal genetic screening. To understand if Chroma is right for you, please consult with your Women’s Care Florida provider.

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Discover More About Your Baby.

The Chroma™ prenatal screen is a DNA screening test that provides you with genetic information about your baby.

Women’s Care Florida is the first physician-owned practice in the state of Florida to perform its own non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT). We’re proud to offer our pregnant patients the most sophisticated resources in prenatal genetic screening. To understand if Chroma is right for you, please consult with your Women’s Care Florida provider.

Pregnat woman looking up one hand on chin, one hand on belly

What is NIPT?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT1–2) uses a blood sample from the mother to analyze DNA from the placenta for certain chromosome conditions that could affect a baby’s health.

  • Screens for genetic abnormalities such as Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome), Triploidy, Monosomy X (Turner syndrome) and sex chromosome trisomies
  • Can identify your baby’s sex (optional)
  • Provides substantially fewer incorrect results than maternal serum screening or other prenatal blood tests
  • Can be done as early as ten weeks into your pregnancy
  • Poses no risk to your baby, unlike amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which carry a slight risk of miscarriage

What is NIPT?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT1–2) uses a blood sample from the mother to analyze DNA from the placenta for certain chromosome conditions that could affect a baby’s health.

  • Screens for genetic abnormalities such as Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome), Triploidy, Monosomy X (Turner syndrome) and sex chromosome trisomies
  • Can identify your baby’s sex (optional)
  • Provides substantially fewer incorrect results than maternal serum screening or other prenatal blood tests
  • Can be done as early as ten weeks into your pregnancy
  • Poses no risk to your baby, unlike amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which carry a slight risk of miscarriage

About Chroma

What do Chroma results tell me?

Chroma gives you a personalized risk report and tells you if your pregnancy is at high risk or low risk for screened conditions such as Down syndrome. Like other screening tests, Chroma does not provide a definitive diagnosis of the condition.

How do I get started with Chroma?

Chroma is available through your Women’s Care Florida provider. If you would like to speak with a certified genetic counselor about Chroma testing, please ask your provider about a referral.

How will I receive my Chroma results?

Your health care provider will usually receive your results in about two weeks. Once the results have been reviewed by a provider, they will be posted to the patient portal.

How much is Chroma? Is it covered by insurance?

Women’s Care Florida is pleased to be an in-network provider with most health plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Florida Blue, Humana, and United.

The cost of Chroma varies according to the prenatal screening panel recommended by your physician and based on your specific insurance coverage. You will be notified in advance of the cost of the test based on your insurance coverage.

We are sensitive to the costs associated with having a baby and are committed to ensuring that every patient has access to our high-quality tests.

What conditions does Chroma screen for?

Currently, the test screens for:

Trisomy 21 (also called Down syndrome): This is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. This is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability. It may also cause certain birth defects of the heart or other organs and may cause hearing or vision problems.

Trisomy 18 (also called Edwards syndrome): This is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 18. Most babies with Edwards syndrome usually pass away before one year of age. Survivors have severe intellectual disability. It also causes serious birth defects of the heart, brain and other organs.

Trisomy 13 (also called Patau syndrome): This is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 13. Babies with Patau syndrome usually pass away before one year of age. Survivors experience severe intellectual disability. It also causes many serious birth defects.

Monosomy X (also called Turner syndrome or 45, X): This is caused by a missing X chromosome and affects only girls. Girls with Monosomy X may have heart defects, hearing problems, minor learning disabilities and are usually shorter than average. As adults, they are often infertile.

Triploidy: This is caused by having an extra set of all 23 chromosomes (for a total of 69 chromosomes) and is associated with severe birth defects. A triploid pregnancy can cause serious complications for the mother, such as a risk of pre-eclampsia and a type of cancer called choriocarcinoma. Babies with triploidy rarely make it to term and those that do usually pass away within a few months after delivery. It is important for the doctor to know about triploidy, even if the mother miscarries, so that she can be monitored for complications.

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Who should get the Chroma prenatal screen?

Many pregnant women want to know about the health of their baby. There is typically no family history of these conditions. If you would like information about your baby’s health, talk with your Women’s Care Florida provider. He or she will advise you as to what tests you might want to have to help give you peace of mind. The Chroma prenatal screen is designed for women of any age and ethnicity who are at least 10 weeks pregnant.

What kind of results will I get from the Chroma screening test?

The report sent to your healthcare provider will have one of these results:

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LOW-RISK RESULT: A low-risk result means the chance that your baby has one of the chromosome conditions Chroma screens for is very low, which can be reassuring. Most women who have the Chroma screening test will discover their baby is at low risk for the conditions tested.

HIGH-RISK RESULT: A high-risk result means there is an increased risk that your baby has a particular condition. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about follow-up testing options, so you can determine if your baby is affected.

There is also a small chance that NO RESULT will be obtained from your initial sample. In this case, we may recommend sending us another blood sample for re-testing.

Chroma is a screening test; it is not a diagnostic procedure. This means that test results from Chroma only alert you if your baby is at higher or lower risk for a chromosomal condition. Invasive diagnostic testing, such as amniocentesis and CVS (chorionic villi sampling), is necessary to know for certain whether the baby has a chromosomal condition. These tests carry a slight risk of miscarriage. No irreversible decision should ever be made based on the results of an NIPT without performing a confirming diagnostic test.

REFERENCES

  1. Benn P. Clin Genet. 2016 Dec;90(6):477-485.
  2. Benn P et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016;215(2):252–3.

The test described has been developed and its performance characteristics determined by the CLIA-certified laboratory performing the test. The test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Although FDA has generally not enforced the premarket review and other FDA legal requirements for laboratory-developed tests in the U.S., certification of the laboratory is required under CLIA to ensure the quality and validity of the tests. ©2020 Women’s Care Florida. All Rights Reserved.