ClariTestTM Core is a non-invasive prenatal screen (NIPS) that identifies the risk for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. ClariTest Core can be performed as early as 10 weeks gestation from a simple blood draw. Results are available within five to seven days. ClariTest Core can be used to screen singleton and egg donor/IVF pregnancies for the common trisomies, sex chromosome aneuploidies and 22q11.2 microdeletions. Twin gestations can be screened for the common trisomies and for presence of the Y chromosome.
McDonald-McGinn, D. M. & Sullivan, K. E. (2011). Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (DiGeorge syndrome/velocardiofacial syndrome). Medicine, 90(1), 1–18.
Why screen for 22q11.2 microdeletion?
ClariTest Core offers the option to add screening for 22q11.2 microdeletion syndrome, also known as DiGeorge syndrome. DiGeorge syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition, and is the second most common genetic cause of heart defects and developmental delay, after Down syndrome.1 Unlike trisomies, maternal age does not increase the chance for 22q11.2 microdeletion, and more than 90% of affected individuals have no family history of the condition. 2
22q11.2 microdeletion affects as many as 1 in 1,000 pregnancies.3
The performance of the ClariTest Core prenatal screen for 22q11.2 microdeletion has been evaluated in the largest 22q11.2 validation study with over 1,900 hundred cases, 129 with confirmed deletions.4
Clinical Indications for ClariTest Core
Routine pregnancy screening
Advanced maternal age
Positive maternal serum screen
Abnormal ultrasound findings
History suggestive of increased risk for common chromosomal abnormalities
ACMG recommends informing all pregnant women, including women at low or average risk, that NIPS is the most sensitive screening option for trisomy 13, 18, and 21.5 ACOG and SMFM confirm that cfDNA screening (NIPS) is an appropriate choice of testing for all pregnant women, regardless of age or risk and that NIPS is the most sensitive and specific screening test for common aneuploidies.16
ClariTest Core utilizes the DANSRTM platform and FORTETM algorithm, the same core technology as harmony®, which is the most widely studied cell-free DNA methodology, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications. The studies demonstrated exceptional performance in singleton and twin pregnancies and in women of any age or risk category6-13 and established the superior accuracy and reproducibility of the platform for fetal fraction assessment.14
Other sex aneuploidies will be reported if detected. Limited data of these more rare aneuploidies preclude performance calculations.
Fetal Sex: Accuracy for fetal sex (male or female) is >99%3
ClariTest Core utilizes microarray quantitation and a proprietary, targeted technology that includes both the DANSR assay and the FORTE algorithm to provide exceptionally accurate results.
DANSR: Digital Analysis of Selected Regions
Specifically targets the chromosomes of interest for quantification (counting), providing targeted analysis
Precisely measures and distinguishes fetal fraction using SNP technology
Eliminates extraneous data from other chromosomes and unmapped cfDNA allowing for clear results
FORTE: Fetal Fraction Optimized Risk of Trisomy Evaluation
Incorporates chromosome quantification and fetal fraction adding confidence to both high-and low-risk results across all fetal fractions
Outperforms the Z-score approach (used by many NIPS platforms) regardless of the patient’s age or risk11
Distinguishes high- and low-risk results with greater discrimination11 *z-score: a numerical measurement used in statistics of a value’s relationship to the mean (average) of a group of values, measured in terms of standard deviations from the mean.
Precise Results and Measurement of Fetal Fraction Using Microarray
The DANSR assay products are quantified on a microarray platform. Incorporation of microarray technology results in increased precision in both result determination and fetal fraction measurement.15
Utilization of microarray provides a three-fold increase in the number of SNPs assayed for fetal fraction compared to NGS, making the fetal fraction measurement more accurate and highly reproducable.15
ClariTest Core NIPS requires a minimum 4% fetal fraction as a quality control standard, which ensures there is enough fetal DNA present to make a highly accurate call.
Clear, Accurate Reporting
Easy-to-read reports with clear graphics to make triaging patient results faster
High-risk results for Trisomy 21, 18, 13, Monosomy X or 22q11.2 Deletion syndrome include a positive predictive value (PPV)
Low-risk results include a negative predictive value (NPV)
Fetal fraction is included in the report
Results will be reported as high- or low-risk:
High Risk: Positive Predictive Value (PPV) will be reported if result is high risk for trisomy 21, 18, 13, monosomy X, or a 22q11.2 microdeletion in singletons
Low Risk: Negative Predictive Value (NPV) >99% for all conditions and is reported for low-risk singleton pregnancies
ClariTest Core is a screening test. Patients receiving a high risk result are advised to seek genetic counseling, as well as to discuss diagnostic testing options. Decisions regarding the pregnancy should NOT be made based on ClariTest Core results only.
Genetic counseling support
Every patient who receives ClariTest Core from GenPath, a division of BioReference Laboratories, Inc., has the option of scheduling an in-depth counseling session with a MyGeneTeamTM genetic counselor. Learn more about Genetic Counseling through MyGeneTeam at www.mygeneteam.com.
BioReference Laboratories, Inc. and its division GenPath, is an in-network provider for all major national and many regional health plans, increasing your access to ClariTest Core non-invasive prenatal screening.
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