Professor Alan Cameron introduced The Harmony prenatal blood test to Scotland in February 2013. He works closely with the American based company and their laboratory in London. The Harmony prenatal blood test is available for pregnant women at GCRM from week 10 of pregnancy, and is carried out by Professor Cameron, or GCRM’s clinical team as advised by Professor Cameron. Please note, it is essential that an early pregnancy scan is carried out prior to having the Harmony Test. This can be be performed at GCRM if required.
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The Harmony Test can also be used to sex the baby at no extra cost.
For all Harmony tests carried out at GCRM, test reporting, full counselling, and follow up if required, is provided by Professor Cameron.
What is the Harmony prenatal test?
The Harmony prenatal test is a new option in prenatal screening involving a blood test, and a scan if clinically necessary. It’s a highly accurate way to detect the risk of certain chromosomal conditions which can often be associated with miscarriage and birth disabilities or defects, including:
- Down Syndrome (trisomy 21)
- Edward Syndrome
- Patau Syndrome (trisomy 13)
What are the benefits of the Harmony test?
The Harmony test offers near total accuracy in diagnosing chromosomal conditions such as Down Syndrome. When compared to standard nuchal testing options, the Harmony test is almost 10% more accurate in the diagnosis of Down’s. Although prenatal screening tests can carry a false negative/positive ratio, the Harmony test has virtually no false negative/positive rate. What’s more, as the Harmony test is non-invasive, poses no risk to the fetus, unlike other invasive tests such as in amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). Although the Harmony test is highly accurate in the diagnosis of several key chromosomal conditions, it does not rule out all fetal abnormalities.
Who is the Harmony test suitable for?
The Harmony test is suitable for a wide range of pregnancies. For women undergoing IVF treatment, or having a child in later life, a prenatal test that offers near 100% accuracy in the diagnosis of congential conditions can provide great reassurance. The Harmony test is suitable for:
- All singleton pregnancies including IVF pregnancies
- Twins if conceived naturally
- Twins by IVF if using patient’s own eggs
The Harmony test can also be used to sex your baby, this part of the test is suitable for:
- Singleton pregnancies only (not twins)
- All IVF singleton pregnancies regardless of whether the egg is provided by a donor or patient
Please call GCRM on 0141 891 8749 if you would like to find out more about this test or if you would like to book an appointment.
To download an information leaflet on the Harmony Prenatal Test please Click Here.