Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)

Date Published: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sara Filoche talks about non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and its use in general practice. Sara is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago. She has a background in biomedical science and is a health services researcher whose work is centred around improving access to health care and reducing health inequalities. Sara also teaches a special topic distance learning paper HASC401 on "Genomic Health and Medicine" At Otago University.




  • What exactly is meant by NIPT?
  • Who can have this test?
  • Any ethical considerations when offering this form of testing?
  • How do we order this test in New Zealand?
  • What are the costs?
  • What conditions can NIPT identify?

Take home message

  • An advanced screen but is not diagnostic
  • Higher sensitivity and lower false positive rate than current combined screening
  • Doesn’t replace the need for ultrasound
  • NIPT is a fast moving technology





Sara Filoche
Senior Lecturer

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