One of only two laboratories in Indiana performing genetic testing to determine the role of heredity and chromosome damage in diseases and disorders
As one of Indiana’s two cytogenetic facilities, the Parkview Genetics Center is a tremendous resource, uniquely qualified to test blood, bone marrow and other types of human tissue sample to detect genetic abnormalities and solve health mysteries. The facility is accredited and certified by The College of American Pathologists.
At the center, meticulous work, experienced staff and innovative approaches are united with a genuine commitment to providing patients and their families with information that can empower them. Seasoned leadership and highly skilled researchers bring their extensive experience to bear on each case:
- The medical director is a board-certified geneticist and pediatrician.
- More than 25 years of medical director’s 27-year career in genetic research and counseling have been in partnership with Parkview Genetics Center.
- Technical staff members are specially certified in cytogenetics by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
Using the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment in a brand-new facility, the center’s staff helps individuals and families discover chromosomal change or damage that is at the root of many health conditions. This facility tests for conditions associated with:
A far-ranging resource
The center works with clients across the state and the region. In 2011, the lab processed samples for patients from more than 40 Indiana counties and served as a reference facility for clients in other states.
Most clients are referred to the center, which works in conjunction with genetic counseling, pediatric, oncology and primary care practices. In addition, social service agencies, other hospitals and specialty practices in fields such as neurology, psychiatry and fertility refer patient samples to this facility for testing.
In addition, the Parkview Genetics Center contributes to next-generation research projects conducted by universities and other institutions, and is part of a cancer research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, dedicated to developing better treatments for cancer.
For physicians: The latest testing techniques
The Parkview Genetics Center offers a large array of cytogenetic and FISH testing as diagnostic tools for physicians in a variety of fields.
Now offering chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA)
In 2011, the center added CMA, the very latest in chromosomal analysis. More sensitive than the traditional karyotype testing, this revolutionary technology can detect genetic abnormalities on all chromosomes in a single test. It is performed on blood samples.
CMA is increasingly being regarded as a first-tier test in diagnosing and addressing disorders. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Medical Genetics and other professional medical organizations now recommend CMA testing early, as it can reduce the time, frustration and medical expenses involved in identifying underlying genetic causes.
Primary care physicians are encouraged to order CMA, even for common symptoms. Physicians can order CMA using Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) for patients with any indication of genomic imbalance or chromosomal damage, including: dysmorphic features, unexplained mental retardation/developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, seizure disorders, learning disabilities and/or multiple congenital anomalies.
Some insurance carriers do cover the costs of CMA testing, depending on individual policy limitations. For help with pre-authorization, contact us at (260) 266-9250. Questions are welcome.
Visiting the center
The Parkview Genetics Center is located on the third floor of the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Parkview Regional Medical Center Campus. Free valet parking is available at Entrance 4.
The center is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.