Offering world-class standards in maternal screening

Suburban Diagnostics has partnered with Perkin Elmer to offer a comprehensive maternal screening program. Perkin Elmer is a known world leader in maternal-fetal health. The collaboration with Perkin Elmer is part of our endeavour to bring world-class quality to you and to your patients.

Screening StrategyTime to test
(in wks)
Markers UsedUltrasound MarkersDetection Rate (%)
Dual Marker Test
(Combined First Trimester Screening)
11 – 13.6MA + BhCG,
45 – 84 mm
~90 – 91
Pre-eclampsia Screening11 – 13.6PIGF, PAPP-A,
45 – 84 mm
Triple Marker Test15 – 21.6MA + AFP, BhCG,
31 – 52 mm
~65 – 70
Quadruple Marker Test15 – 21.6MA + AFP, BhCG,
uE3, Inhibin – A
31 – 52 mm
~70 – 75
Sequential Test OR
Integrated Test
11 – 13.6MA + BhCG,
45 – 84 mm
~90 – 94
15 – 21.6MA + AFP, BhCG,
uE3, Inhibin – A
31 – 52 mm

MA = Maternal Age

PAPP-A = Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein – A

PIGF = Placental Growth Factor

βhCG = Free βHuman Chorionic Gonadotropin

AFP = Alpha Fetoprotein

NT = Nuchal Translucency

uE3 = Unconjugated Estriol

FMF Accreditation – What value does it add to the maternal marker reporting?
  • NT measured using FMF guidelines and the FMF accredited Auto Delfia Platform increases the detection rate by 91%
  • FMF accreditation has been awarded to Perkin Elmer’s maternal screening program, based on favourable results of > 18 investigational trails and 2 NIH sponsored studies
Perkin Elmer uses the Life Cycle Software and not the traditionally used Prisca

Easy graphical interpretation of reports with the use of life cycle software.

  • Comprehensive informatics package for maternal health monitoring, risk assessment and data management
  • Algorithms and parameters are supported by published literature, but the program allows configuring the risk calculation parameters to comply with national guidelines
  • Capable of seeking out any possible bias in the medians – It monitors median trends through multiples of median (MoM) and provides users with prompt warnings. A database of 6.5 lakh indigenous MoMs is present with LifeCycle™ for supporting maternal screen reports
Why Multiples of median or MOMs are crucial in reporting maternal marker results?
  • For every gestational age there is a median value of a particular marker
  • The median value is the middle value for a particular population in the gestational age, where half of the population has a lower value and half of the population has a higher value. This value is used as the reference of how far an individual test result deviates from the median
  • LifeCycle™ is capable of seeking out any possible bias in the medians. It monitors variations of median MoM trends (both by time and by gestational age) and provides users with prompt warnings if any issues arise
  • Further, it confirms that the MoM correction factors (e.g. smoking, weight and ethnicity) are accurate, and reports detection and false positive rates while checking how the average maternal age affects them

MoMs facilitate better accuracy and interpretation of the maternal screen results

Comparison of the LifeCycle™ software with other softwares being used for maternal screening

Flexible workflow including multiple risk strategies (i.e. combined, contingent, 1T Quard)
Inclusion of NIPT in a continget workflowNo
Configurable risk paramters (i.e. median equations, correction factors)Yes but not sure how flexible
Inclusion of PIGFin 1 T screening strategiesNo
Flexible risk engine to incorporate new algorithms as neededNo
Updating capabilities for median equations
Browser-based platform allowing multi-client access without software installationNo
Dashboard to monitor and review screening performanceNo
Pre-eclampsia screening capabilitiesNo
Interfacing capabilitites to LIMS and ultrasound systemsLIMS
Move Ahead of Conventional Karyotyping

With Perkin Elmer, we offer karyotyping on the latest BACs on beads technology. Bacterial artificial chromosomes-on-beads (BoBs™) assay technology has been introduced for the detection of common aneuploidies as well as specific microdeletion syndromes. It is the latest high throughput, cost-effective technology for rapid detection of fetal microdeletions and aneuploidies.

KaryoLite BoBs
  • Performed by BACs-on-Beads based molecular karyotyping, covering both p and q arms of all chromosomes 1 – 22 X and Y
  • KaryloLiteBoBs offers multiple benefits
    a) Rapid aneuploidy detection
    b) Chances of failure is less than conventional karyotyping
    c) Faster TAT than karyotyping
    d) More information than FISH

Prenatal BoBs
  • Detects copy number changes of chromosome – 13, 18, 21, X and Y.
  • 9 common microdeletion syndromes assessed
  • Low specimen required: 50 – 250 ng of genomic DNA, derivable from 5 ml of amniotic fluid or 10 mg villus
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