Northside/Northpoint OB-GYN

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Fetal Testing and Genetic Screening

Early and regular visits to your obstetrician are critically important during your pregnancy. The care you receive throughout your pregnancy is vital to your health and the health of your unborn baby. The ob-gyn doctors and staff at Northside/Northpoint OB-GYN of Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA make you and your unborn baby our number-one priority. We want to guide you through the most beautiful time of your life to that special day when your baby is born.

Our fetal testing includes:

  • OB ultrasound services

  • Early OB ultrasound

  • Nuchal translucency

  • 18- to 20-week OB ultrasound for fetal assessment

  • Biophysical profile for testing of fetal well-being (fetal movements, breathing, tone and fluid levels)

  • NST: Non-stress test traces the fetal heart rate, confirming the fetal health

  • 3D ultrasound

Optional Genetic screening

Please be aware that our office cannot pre certify OPTIONAL testing

Screening is offered to all patients for carrier testing for genetic diseases including:

Horizon 27 Test - A blood test for 27 conditions that can be passed from parent to child even if neither parent has the clinical disease or any symptoms.

Panorama NIPT - A blood test that detects fragments of fetal DNA in maternal blood to screen for Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, and disorders of the X and Y chromosomes. This test is highly sensitive and can be done as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy.

These tests are done by Natera Lab- THE LAB WILL CALL YOU WITH COST IF MORE THAN $249, they will adjust price 844-614-5143

In Network: Price is $249         Out of Network: Price is $249

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS PPO, Cigna, Multiplan,         BCBS HMO, Coventry, Humana

Tricare, United Healthcare, Wellcare

The First Trimester Screen - A three part test involving an ultrasound (Nuchal Translucency) measurement of the neck thickness of the fetus or nuchal fold and blood work at 12 weeks, followed by additional blood work called AFP at 16 weeks. This test is 90-95% accurate and poses no risk to mother or fetus. This test predicts if the baby is at greater risk of Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18, or Trisomy 13.

Nuchal labs are done by NTDLabs, (Perkin Elmer labs) IN NETWORK with ALL insurances


First screen (NTD labs)… 84704 and 84163 diagnostic code Z31.430

Maternal Serum AFP (done by Lap Corp or Quest)….82105 diagnostic code Z31.430


If a woman will be 35 years of age at the time of delivery, she can elect to have invasive genetic testing for Down syndrome with either chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis.

Amniocentesis is performed at approximately 16 weeks. Using ultrasound guidance, a thin needle is used to withdraw fluid from around the baby.

CVS is performed at approximately 10 to 12 weeks and involves sampling tissue from the placenta under ultrasound guidance. The accuracy of these tests is 100%; however, there is a small risk of miscarriage. Amniocentesis has a lower pregnancy loss risk but the test is performed later in pregnancy. Any patient can consider these invasive tests but the benefits probably do not outweigh the risks unless the mother is age 35 or older, there is a personal or family history of genetic disease, or any previous genetic testing resulted in abnormal findings.

To learn more, please follow this link: Antenatal screening

To learn more about our fetal testing and genetic screening or to schedule an appointment, please call our main office at (404) 255-3633. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form. Our fetal testing and genetic screening patients come to us from the area of Buckhead in Atlanta, Cumming, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Roswell and Forsyth in Fulton County, GA.