About QNatal® Advanced

The most comprehensive content, the best technology

With cell-free DNA technology, noninvasive prenatal screening can provide healthcare providers and their patients a safe way to detect chromosomal abnormalities in pregnancies. Most tests are limited in which aneuploidies they can detect, the types of pregnancies that can be analyzed and the reliability of data. With QNatal® Advanced, you can expect more and know more from the results.

Greater accuracy across a wider range of detection:


  • Reports both common and rare fetal chromosomal abnormalities, from trisomies 21,18, and 13 to fetal sex aneuploidies and select copy number variants
  • Appropriate for all high-risk pregnancies, including multiple gestations and IVF using donor egg 


  • Provides clear, direct results with high sensitivity and specificity
  • Low non-reportable rates1-7

QNatal® Advanced uses validated technology

  • MPSS technology* with GC correction has been validated in the largest-of-its-kind clinical study of 4,664 women with high-risk pregnancies
  • Validation study designed, analyzed and confirmed by independent investigators

* MPSS: Massively Parallel Shotgun Sequencing


  • Test can be performed as early as 10 weeks gestation

MPSS validation with GC correction1,2, 8, 9

QNatal independent validation chart

The validation characteristics of the QNatal® Advanced assay are consistent with the data presented above for MPSS with GC correction.10

Innovation translating to deeper insights

With its ability to analyze more chromosomal regions than most other noninvasive prenatal screening to date, QNatal® Advanced can detect the following chromosomal abnormalitiesAbnormality chart

How QNatal® Advanced works

QNatal® Advanced examines cell-free fetal DNA in maternal circulation using Massively Parallel Shotgun Sequencing technology.

  • Enhanced Sequencing Series also available: provides excellent analytical performance across a wide dynamic range (3 Mb to 40 Mb) for detection of microdeletions/duplications

  For your reference: general overview of select microdeletions11-18

   Name  Site of

 of Live Births 




 1 in 4,000

DiGeorge syndrome is an autosomal dominant condition caused by a submicroscopic deletion on the long arm of chromosome 22. The disorder is characterized by cardiac abnormalities, abnormal facies, thymic aplasia, cleft palate, hypocalcemia (CATCH-22), and schizophrenia. Most cases are not inherited (de novo) but transmission from a parent carrying the 22q11 deletion is seen in about 7% of cases. Learn more



 1 in 10,000

1p36 deletion syndrome (monosomy 1p36 syndrome) is characterized by a deletion on the short arm of chromosome 1. The disorder is characterized by dysmorphic craniofacial features, developmental delay, brain abnormalities, short feet, severe congenital heart defects, hypotonia, and brachy-/camptodactyly. Most cases are not inherited (de novo). Learn more



 1 in 20,000

Both Angelman (AS), a maternal deletion, and Prader-Willi (PWS), a paternal deletion, syndromes are caused by deletions on the long arm of chromosome 15. AS is associated with delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement and balance. Most affected children have recurrent seizures and small head size. Delayed development becomes noticeable by the age of 6 to 12 months. PWS presents in infancy characterized by weak muscle tone, feeding difficulties, poor growth, and delayed development. In childhood, it is associated with an insatiable appetite. Learn more



 1 in 50,000

Cri-du-chat syndrome (5p minus) is caused by a partial deletion of the short arm of chromosome 5. The disorder is characterized by intellectual disability, developmental delay, microcephaly, hypotonia, distinctive facial features, heart defects, and a characteristic cat-like cry. Most cases are not inherited (de novo), but transmission from an unaffected parent carrying a balanced translocation is seen in about 10% of cases. Learn more



 1 in 50,000

Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome is caused by a deletion on the short arm of chromosome 4. It is characterized by distinct facial appearance, delayed growth and development, intellectual disability, and seizures. Most cases are not inherited (de novo). Learn more



 1 in 100,000

Jacobsen syndrome is caused by a deletion on the long arm of chromosome 11. It is characterized by distinctive facial features, delayed development, including motor skills (such as sitting, standing, and walking) and speech. Most also have cognitive impairment and learning difficulties. Behavioral problems have been reported, including compulsive behavior (such as shredding paper), a short attention span, and easy distractibility. Many with Jacobsen syndrome have been diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Learn more




Langer-Giedion syndrome is caused by a deletion on the long arm of chromosome 8. It is characterized by benign bone tumors (exostoses), short stature, and distinctive facial features. Most cases are not inherited (de novo). Exostoses may result in pain, limited range of joint movement, and pressure on nerves, blood vessels, the spinal cord, and tissues surrounding the exostoses. Learn more


Clear results with low non-reportable rates

Results are reported as positive or negative. Other laboratories report risk scores or “suspected” results that are not always clear. QNatal® Advanced has very low non-reportable rates,1-7 so you and your patients can count on test accuracy and avoid retesting or an unnecessary invasive procedure.


The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends the use of noninvasive prenatal tests in women at increased risk of aneuploidy or as a follow-up test for women with a positive first- or second-trimester maternal serum screening result.19


Questions? Read the
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2.  Palomaki GE, et al. DNA sequencing of maternal plasma reliably identifies trisomy 18 and trisomy 13, as well as Down syndrome: An international collaborative study. Genet Med. 2012; 14(3):296–305.
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4.  Norton ME, et al. Noninvasive Chromosomal Evaluation (NICE) Study: results of a multicenter prospective cohort study for detection of fetal trisomy 21 and trisomy 18. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012; 207:137.e1–8.
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