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Genetic Screening

Reproductive genetic screening can help diagnosis genetic abnormalities, and early detection can often lead to early intervention. Screening for genetic risk factors as early as possible is important. Our screening and diagnostic techniques utilize the most advanced imaging technology available today, including:

Screening Procedures

  • Prenatal genetic screening
    We offer prenatal screening for chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome; neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and other birth defects
    • First-trimester screening through fetal nuchal translucency measurement and maternal serum analysis
    • Integrated first-and second-trimester screening
    • Ultrasound evaluation
  • Carrier screening based on ancestry
    Individuals from certain ethnic backgrounds have an increased risk for particular genetic conditions. We offer genetic carrier screening for numerous conditions as indicated by a person's ethnic background:

    Genetic Condition Ancestry
    Cystic fibrosis European, Caucasian
    (i.e. sickle cell, thalassemia)
    Mediterranean, African, Asian
    Ashkenazi Jewish genetic disorder Eastern European Jewish


Last UpdateMarch 25, 2011


For more information or to make an appointment please call 312-472-4151.