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    The Targeted Gene Sequencing and Custom Analysis (TaGSCAN) test is a novel, targeted screening panel covering the coding region of 514 genes known to cause severe diseases with childhood onset. TaGSCAN was developed by the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy and is performed through the Department of Pathology and under the Department's CLIA/CAP license.

    Genes Targeted

    Most of the genes on the panel are autosomal recessive, with few exceptions. The panel is rich in genes for metabolic, nuclear mitochondrial, intellectual disability and immunodeficiency conditions. Please feel free to consult with us whether the test would be helpful for your patient. Note: There is incomplete coverage for some genes.

    View a comprehensive list of genes and diseases covered by the test: genes list (pdf).

    Customized Analysis

    Our software program, "SSAGA" (for Symptom and Sign Assisted Genome Analysis) allows customization of the analysis based on the patient's symptoms. Symptoms will be entered into SSAGA at the time the order is placed; this can be done by the ordering physician, genetic counselor, or laboratory director. SSAGA will automatically select which genes on the panel will be analyzed; genes not relevant to the patient's symptoms are not analyzed. This reduces the number of incidental findings such as carrier status and variants of unknown significance.

    Technical Limitations

    Mutations not detected by this test include large (over 20bp) deletions or duplications, methylation disorders, mutations in genes with pseudogenes or other highly homologous sequences and triplet repeats. It currently does not include the mitochondrial genome.


    TaGSCAN is now available as a routine test. It can be ordered in Cerner as: "Genome Targeted Gene Seq/Custom Analysis" or "Genome TAGSCAN."

    Sample Requirements

    The required sample is 3 – 5 ml of peripheral blood in a lavendar (EDTA) tube. 

    Turnaround Time

    Average turnaround time is six – eight weeks. 

    Confirmatory Testing

    Diagnostic genotypes will be confirmed by Sanger sequencing at the Laboratory Director's discretion. This does not require an additional sample, and there is no additional charge; however it may delay the final report.

    Billing and Reimbursement

    The cost is comparable to a single gene test done by Sanger sequencing and is especially cost effective when considering a genetically heterogeneous disorder for which two or more genes are on the panel. 


    Like all molecular genetic testing, insurance coverage may be variable. CPT code: 81407


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