the glossary of terms

The news of a congenital anomaly can come with a plethora of new health information, terms, tests and specialties to understand.

We are developing a glossary of all things prenatal diagnosis. This glossary will grow over time.

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The glossary of all things prenatal diagnosis

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diagnostic test
Diagnostic testing is different to screening and is used to determine whether an unborn baby has a congenital anomaly (such as a genetic condition) or gain more information after a structural anomaly was suspected through an ultrasound.

Diagnostic tests include genetic testing undertaken through chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis and may include ultrasound, fetal MRI and fetal echocardiography.

Like all diagnostic tests, there remain limitations to technology and knowledge. Diagnostic testing can provide answers, and will often also prompt more questions. It is important to discuss your concerns and questions with your antenatal care provider. You can also find a genetic counselling service through HGSA