Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine

November 28, 2006 12:00 ET

Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine: Burnaby Fertility Clinic Introduces New Ultrasound Screen for High-Risk Pregnancies

Fertility meets First Trimester Screen

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - With couples choosing to have children later in life, doctors are faced with an increasing number of high-risk pregnancy situations and fertility issues. This has created a need for more accurate and comprehensive first trimester pregnancy screening, as well as increasing fertility awareness for those in the community.

The Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) in Burnaby, BC, is a new comprehensive fertility centre which addresses both issues. PCRM offers the latest reproductive technologies, paired with a First Trimester Comprehensive Screening (FTS) test. This FTS test promises up to 90% screening detection for fetal abnormalities - a significant improvement over more traditional, invasive methods.

The key advantage of PCRM's First Trimester Screen is that it allows for more accurate screening earlier in the pregnancy. Traditional tests such as maternal blood screening are normally carried out between 15-18 weeks and only deliver a 50-70% detection rate. The FTS is carried out using ultrasound between 11-14 weeks and has up to a 90% detection rate for abnormalities, with a low false positive rate.

The Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine opened this past summer. It also offers BC couples world-class care and the latest in reproductive technology including in vitro fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), as well as the latest techniques in fertility preservation including egg cryopreservation.

To find out more about the First Trimester Comprehensive Screen and other reproductive health options available at PCRM, contact your doctor, visit the PCRM website or call for a consultation.

The next Public Forum sponsored by PCRM where Fertility and First Trimester Ultrasound screening will be discussed is on December 11.

What: Free Reproductive Health Public Forum
"First Trimester Pregnancy Screening with Ultrasound"
Dr. Ken Seethram

"Overview of Reproductive Techniques as well as Techniques to
Preserve Fertility"
Dr. Jeffrey Roberts

When: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday December 11, 2006

Where: Simon Fraser University (Downtown)
Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

Information: Call 1.866.481.PCRM (7276)

Parking: Available on site.

PCRM is a private, Burnaby-based, reproductive medicine clinic offering advanced reproductive technologies.

Fact Sheet 2006

Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine

PCRM is the first comprehensive fertility clinic in BC, offering couples the latest reproductive health care technology, techniques and treatment.

Year opened August 2006
Cofounders Dr. Jon Havelock
Dr. Jeffrey Roberts
Dr. Ken Seethram
Location Burnaby, BC
Number of employees BC - 12
Infertility rate in Canada 15% of child bearing aged couples
Broadly speaking there are male infertility
nine common causes of ovarian
infertility: cervical
female age
failed fertilization
recurrent miscarriage
Percentage of women who More than 80%
become pregnant after
help from Reproductive
PCRM only clinic in Comprehensive FTS screen. It includes a
Lower Mainland to offer: non-invasive ultrasound for Nasal Bone
detection - an analysis of the
calcification of (fetal) nasal bones
associated with normal genetics. The Nasal
Bone screen is combined with a Nuchal
translucency, which measures the fluid
interface behind the fetal neck. Both these
ultrasound procedures and new blood tests
are run through fully accredited risk
reporting software. Test results are then
shared with patients in confidential
counseling sessions at the time of the

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