Clinics’ Frequently Asked Questions


What is the mis-diagnosis rate?

Dr. Kearns has directed preimplantation genetic diagnostic laboratories since 2002 and overseen the testing on more than 20,000 samples.  He has two known mis-diagnoses that resulted in spontaneous miscarriages using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). These results suggest a reliability rate of 99.99 percent. However, there may be other unknown mis-diagnoses over the years due to a failure to achieve a pregnancy or no available tissue for follow-up testing.

Will AdvaGenix bill the patient or the clinic for all services?

AdvaGenix will do whatever the clinic requests.  AdvaGenix has a secure online credit card payment option (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover accepted) for all patients.  Patients may also make credit card payments by telephone, or may remit check payments by mail. Clinics may also pay via wire transfer or electronic (ACH) payment.

Does AdvaGenix participate with any insurance carriers?

AdvaGenix does not participate in any insurance programs. However, to assist a patient in obtaining reimbursement from their insurance carrier, Dr. Kearns will provide a detailed letter to insurance companies. The detailed letter provides a diagnosis code, a detailed description of the testing, a discussion on the potential medical consequences if an affected embryo implants and a detailed explanation of all cpt codes.

Will AdvaGenix bank embryos for patients?

Yes, AdvaGenix permits patients to bank up to three cycles for a single charge. Each clinic sends biopsied cells weekly. As AdvaGenix runs the samples, Dr. Kearns is happy to provide a verbal report to the clinic.

What is the no-call or failed-amplification rate?

AdvaGenix has developed an optimal method to ensure an exceedingly low rate of failed amplifications. Our overall average is < 0.5%.  This number varies based upon embryo quality.

What embryo cell types does AdvaGenix test?

AdvaGenix strongly recommends the testing of trophectoderm cells but under special circumstances will provide analysis of blastomeres or polar bodies.