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SMART – The Largest Prospective
NIPT Study1-3

The SMART study enrolled more than 20,000 patients at 21 medical centers globally and is the largest prospective non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) study ever performed. The study evaluated the performance of SNP-based NIPT (Panorama®) in a real-world population. All results included in the analysis were validated with genetic confirmation.

Findings from the landmark SMART study

Current and future clinical implications

Learn more about:

  • Published findings from SMART, the largest prospective NIPT study with over 20,000 patients enrolled
  • How SNP-based NIPT performed in a large, diverse, real-world environment compared to validation study results
  • Potential impact of these findings on expanded NIPT screening guidelines
  • Improving SNP-based NIPT performance with the use of artificial intelligence

Results for 22q11.2 deletion and common trisomy screening:
Now published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) had a higher-than-expected prevalence of 1/1,524 pregnancies in this cohort. This is comparable to other conditions broadly recommended for routine screening, such as cystic fibrosis (~1 in 2,500).1,4,5
  • Panorama was able to detect all cases of the most common (2.5-3Mb) 22q11.2 deletion, and 83% of all 22q11.2 deletions (0.5Mb+).1
  • Panorama’s false positive rate was low, 0.05%, resulting in a positive predictive value (PPV) of 53% or 1 in 2.1
  • None of the patients with a pregnancy affected by 22q11.2DS had an abnormal first trimester ultrasound, highlighting the unique potential of NIPT to add valuable information early in pregnancy.1
  • Panorama demonstrated 99% sensitivity and >99.95% specificity for trisomy 21 in a real-world setting, consistent with previously published studies.2,7
  • Panorama had a positive predictive value (PPV) of 95% for trisomy 21, which compares favorably with the PPV of 3-4% with maternal serum screening.2,8
  • The latest version of Panorama (Panorama AI) maintained high sensitivity, detected additional cases of common aneuploidies, and significantly lowered the “no-call” rate to 1.4% and to 0.5% after one redraw.2
  • SMART studied Panorama’s performance in a general population cohort with strong representation from average-risk patients.
    • 73% of patients in the analysis were considered at low-risk for aneuploidy prior to screening.2
Download the SMART study summary highlighting key findings

22q11.2 DS prevalence compared to commonly screened conditions

22q11.2DS is more common than cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy.4,5,6 It can affect any pregnancy and early detection with ultrasound is limited.1 Panorama offers non-invasive, highly accurate screening to enable early detection.1

“Prompt diagnosis can play an important role in improving the quality of life for individuals affected by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The 22q11.2 community therefore supports early identification including via prenatal and neonatal screening. Importantly, prenatal suspicion of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome allows for evaluation, confirmatory testing, and delivery at high-level healthcare facilities where neonates have access to potentially life-saving interventions including cardiac surgery, as well as treatment for other key features such as low calcium, immune deficiency, feeding, swallowing and breathing issues, all with the goal of optimizing long-term outcome while obviating the protracted diagnostic odyssey frequently traversed by families.” 11,12,13

Learn more about the clinical impact of 22q11.2 deletion screening

Watch a short video on SMART 22q11.2DS screening results:

High accuracy. Lower “no-calls.”

The latest version of Panorama (Panorama AI) aims to improve NIPT limitations for detecting common trisomies. The SMART study demonstrates its success—Panorama AI maintains high accuracy while more than halving “no-call” rates of previous Panorama versions.2

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1Dar et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol. Epub prior to publication.

2Dar et al.Am J Obstet Gynecol. Epub prior to publication.

3Norton et al. Perinatal and genetic outcomes associated with no call cfDNA results in 18,497 pregnancies. Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, SMFM. Virtual Meeting. Oral Presentation. Jan 25-30, 2021.

4Hamosh et al. J Pediatr. 1998;132(2):255-259.

5O’Sullivan. Lancet. 2009;373(9678):1891-1904.

6Prior et al. Spinal muscular atrophy. In: Adam et al, eds GeneReviews. February 24, 2000. Updated December 3, 2020.

7Ryan et al. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2016;40(3):219-223.

8Norton et al. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(17):1589-1597.

9UpToDate. Maternal age-related risk for common fetal trisomies across pregnancy. Accessed Jan 20 2022.

10Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 70, No. 2, March 23, 2021.

11Bassett et al. J Pediatr. 2011;159(2): 332–339.

12Cheung et al. Genet Med. 2014;16(1):40-44.

13Grand et al. Am J Med Genet A. 2018;176(10):2167-2171.