Monday, April 28, 2008

Dangers of Prenatal Testing

Channel 9's Sunday program has a very interesting video footage on the "Dangers of Prenatal Testing"

An ultrasound screening test at 12 weeks is now considered a routine part of pregnancy, but an eminent British Radiologist claims the test, designed to pick up chromosomal abnormalities like Down syndrome, is highly inaccurate.

In a controversial interview with the Sunday program, Dr Hylton Meire claims that the screening test known as a Nuchal Translucency, has a false positive rate of 95%, and that healthy babies are put at risk of miscarriage from more invasive tests to confirm or deny the original suspicion. He argues up to three healthy babies die for every one Downs syndrome baby that goes to term. Read On...