Pop quiz: how accurate is Iviomics’ prenatal testing pamphlet?

ivionics nace brochureIviomics has introduced its version of noninvasive prenatal screening to India. So, today we’ll have a pop quiz about Iviomics’s patient pamphlet.

You can access the pamphlet in full at this link.

Let’s start with the first panel, pictured at right:

  1. True or false: is it accurate to describe Iviomics’ test, a screening test, as an “alternative” to amniocentesis, a diagnostic test?

    From the first panel on the inside of the brochure:iviomics foetel dna

  2. Is Iviomics correct in telling expectant moms that its test detects “foetal DNA”? (See here).
  3. Iviomics says its test is “designed for all those women who want to rule out the presence of a specific chromosomal alteration in the foetus (chromosomes 21, 18, 13, X and Y) and don’t want to put their pregnancy at risk.” Screening tests have false positives and false negatives–that’s what makes them “screening” tests. Will Iviomics’ screening test give women who want to rule out the presence of a chromosomal condition what they want? Yes or no. Explain.
  4. Iviomics asks and answers the following question:iviomics recommended
    Does any professional medical organization recommend that non-invasive prenatal screening should be done for women if they want to rule out the possibility of a chromosomal condition? Feel free to
    review the statements of the International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis, American College of Medical Genetics, National Society for Genetics Counselors, and the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists before answering.

  5. Final Question, which is more accurate:

(A) Iviomics’ patient pamphlet is designed to aid in informed decisions about whether to accept or decline non-invasive prenatal screening?
(B) Iviomics’ patient pamphlet is designed to get more women to accept its non-invasive prenatal test by misleading about the accuracy of its results?

Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below. 

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