Swedish's Perinatal Medicine Program Featured in Nationally Broadcast TV News Story about a New Test

Swedish's Perinatal Medicine Program Featured in Nationally Broadcast TV News Story about a New Test to Detect Down syndrome Earlier

SEATTLE, Jan. 13, 2006 -- Ivanhoe Broadcast News recently produced a nationally broadcast TV news story about the results of a recently completed clinical study -- the FASTER (First- and Second-Trimester Evaluation of Risk) Trial -- which showed that a new type of prenatal screening involving an ultrasound and blood test is successful at detecting Down syndrome as early as 11 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.

Results from the FASTER Trial were published in the Nov. 10, 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Swedish was one of only 11 sites that took part in this nationwide clinical trial, and the only one on the West Coast.

The physician who was interviewed for this Ivanhoe story is David Luthy, M.D., medical director of Swedish's Perinatal Medicine program.

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Resources

  • To read the transcript of the Ivanhoe story or to watch the video online, click here.
  • And for additional background on the FASTER Trial, click here.
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