Pathology Testing For Improving Fertility at BUMP®

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At BUMP® we choose a variety of lab services such as those offered by Virtus, Healthscope Pathology, NutriPATH and several others; to perform its testing services. Together, these labs provide specialised medical laboratory testing services. Their goal is to assist practitioners and patients to achieve and maintain optimal health and improve fertility outcomes through effective management and planning. This can be before, during and after IVF.

Our professional relationship with VIRTUS Diagnostics (part of the Virtus Australian Fertility and IVF clinics) ensures you have access to the most advanced fertility testing and Assisted Reproductive Services. They offer a complete range of general pathology services as well as specialist fertility and genetic testing in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania to support Assisted Reproductive Fertility Treatments.

This relationship ensures your when you are planning a family or experiencing difficulties becoming pregnant, our extensive range of fertility tests, can assist us in collabloration with your doctor, in developing a personalised approach or treatment plan. Virtus Diagnostics can help by offering a complete range of fertility tests for both women and men.

Their highly efficient state-of-the-art analysers and laboratories provide a comprehensive range of highly specialised hormones and infectious disease tests including Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) and Activated Natural Killer Cells assay (NK).

The Virtus Diagnostics network has over 20 sites staffed by highly skilled Andrologists for the purpose of semen collection and analysis with reference to the WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen. This ensures the most comprehensive analysis performed to a globally recognised standard featuring convenience, accuracy and efficiency. Some of the specialised investigations and techniques include:

  • Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA) / Sperm DNA Fragmentation
  • Automated Andrology
  • Digital High Magnification Imaging
  • Sperm Antibodies
  • Cryopreservation
  • Sperm aneuploidy by FISH

General Pathology

Combined BUMP® offers a broad and extensive selection of testing through Virtus Diagnostics, Healthscope and NutriPATH. This includes the full spectrum of general pathology services, for the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases and disorders including endocrine, blood, toxicity, digestive and nutritional analysis testing.

Genetics

Using the very latest technologies, Virtus Diagnostics offers a broad range of genetic tests.

Through their Melbourne IVF fertility clinic and laboratory, Virtus established Australia's first pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) program in 1997 and maintain their position as world leaders in the field. This is why at BUMP® we continue to achieve unprecedented success in this area, and our network of specialised laboratories are able to access this service that enables the detection of a wide range of specific genetic diseases.

In 2014, Virtus introduced karyomapping technology to Australia - a new genetic test that significantly improves access to treatment for couples wishing to avoid the transmission of a serious genetic disorder to their children.

As the genetics service at Virtus continues to grow, it is receiving recognition across Australia for its increasingly impressive test turnaround, professionalism and high level of attention to detail. At BUMP® our our extensive range of fertility related chromosomal and DNA investigations include:

  • SBlood karyotype
  • Tissue karyotype
  • Prenatal (CVS and amniocentesis) karyotype by aCGH with interphase FISH
  • CF screening (30 mutations)
  • AZF deletions (AZF a,b and c)
  • Fragile X screening

Virtus invests heavily in cytogenetics and DNA analysis to ensure we can provide the latest technological advances in this area.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) using the Panorama Screen from Natera in the US is also now available through Melbourne IVF, Queensland Fertility Group (QFG) and IVFAustralia. This is a non-invasive blood test that is safe for both the mother and her fetus and is suitable for use after just 9-weeks’ gestation. The unique methodology of the Panorama prenatal test utilises single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) technology and is much more efficient and accurate than the counting methods used by all other available prenatal tests.

Quality

Our collaboration with VIRTUS is a valuable addition to your fertility plan as they are the first network of laboratories in Australia to use the ICSI and Digital High Magnification techniques to aid patients with severe sperm defects, and to provide highly efficient treatment options. They also were the first scientific network in Australia to offer polarised light analysis of oocytes (Polscope and Oosight) to identify early anomalies in the egg and we are working to extend these techniques to the analysis of sperm as well. They are also recognised as world leaders with successful cryopreservation of eggs and embryos. Currently, they have initiated a multi-State study into embryo morphokinetics by looking at embryo development data obtained from time-lapse culture.

Their laboratories have attained the highest levels of accreditation necessary to practice in Australia, including working to ISO9001:2008 standards across our operations and to the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) standards for andrology and pathology where applicable. We also follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and our embryology labs are accredited by the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC).

With over 200 scientists, including many that are internationally renowned experts in their field, conducting pioneering research to provide solutions for women’s and men’s health and fetility treatment soutions, you can be assured that you are accessing world class diagnostic services when you join BUMP®.