Siobhan M. Dolan MD MPH


Cell-Free Fetal DNA Test

Cell-free fetal DNA is a screening test to look for certain birth defects in a fetus. It’s done to find birth defects caused by an abnormal number of chromosomes. It also can reveal the sex and blood type of the fetus. This is a blood test for the mother. The test can be done as early as 10 weeks in the pregnancy. If…

Home Pregnancy Tests

Home pregnancy tests can find the presence of a pregnancy hormone (called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG) in a sample of urine. High levels of hCG are made during pregnancy. The home tests have similar results to the pregnancy tests done on urine in most doctors’ offices if they are used exactly as instructed…

Hormone Inhibin A

The inhibin A test is done to measure the amount of this hormone in a pregnant woman’s blood to see if the baby may have Down syndrome. Inhibin A is made by the placenta during pregnancy. The level of inhibin A in the blood is used in a maternal serum quadruple screening test. Generally done between 15 and 20 weeks…

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)

The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test is done to check for the hormone hCG in blood or urine. Some hCG tests measure the exact amount. Some just check to see if the hormone is present. HCG is made by the placenta during pregnancy. The test can be used to see if a woman is pregnant. Or it can be done as part of a…

Triple or Quad Screening for Birth Defects

What is the triple or quad screening? The triple screening measures the amounts of three substances in a pregnant woman’s blood: alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and estriol (uE3). When a test for the hormone inhibin A is added, it’s called a quad screening. These tests are also called the…