At Virtus Health, we have always provided patients with in-house testing and diagnostics for their convenience, and to ensure we offer the most advanced diagnostic fertility assessments available.
In 2015, Virtus Diagnostics was established as a dedicated business unit, with the addition of Independent Diagnostics Services in Sydney. This has enabled Virtus to better refine our diagnostics and pathology offering and ensure the ongoing growth in this area - this has now become our fastest growing division.
Virtus Diagnostics offers a complete range of general pathology services as well as specialist fertility and genetic testing in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
In addition to offering specialist diagnostics to Virtus’ Australian fertility and IVF clinics, we offer diagnostic services to infertility specialists outside our network as well as gynaecologists, obstetricians and GPs.
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, you can be assured that you are accessing world class diagnostic services.
Virtus Diagnostics offers the full spectrum of general pathology services, for the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases and disorders.
Using the very latest technologies, Virtus Diagnostics offers a broad range of genetic tests.
Through our Melbourne IVF fertility clinic and laboratory, Virtus established Australia's first pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) program in 1997 and maintain our position as world leaders in the field. 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.
Our genetics service continues to grow, receiving recognition across Australia for its increasingly impressive test turnaround, professionalism and high level of attention to detail. Our extensive range of fertility related chromosomal and DNA investigations include:
- Blood karyotype
- Tissue karyotype
- Sperm aneuploidy by FISH
- Prenatal (CVS and amniocentesis) karyotype by aCGH with interphase FISH
- CF screening (30 mutations)
- AZF deletions (AZF a,b and c)
- Fragile X screening
We are investing 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.
If you are planning a family or experiencing difficulties becoming pregnant, our extensive range of fertility tests, can assist your doctor in developing a personalised approach or treatment plan, if necessary. Virtus Diagnostics can help by offering a complete range of fertility tests for both women and men.
Our 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 our specialised investigations and techniques include:
- Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA) / Sperm DNA Fragmentation
- Automated Andrology
- Digital High Magnification Imaging
- Sperm Antibodies
- Sperm aneuploidy by FISH
We were 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. We 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. We are also recognised as world leaders with successful cryopreservation of eggs and embryos. Currently, we have initiated a multi-State study into embryo morphokinetics by looking at embryo development data obtained from time-lapse culture.
Our 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).
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