Fetal Echocardiography

Fetal echocardiography is a specialized ultrasound study that focuses on the fetal heart. This detailed ultrasound examination looks at the fetal cardiac structures, blood flow through the fetal heart, and fetal cardiac rhythm.

Fetal echocardiograms are noninvasive and are performed by qualified, registered sonographers and interpreted by a Perinatologist. Indications for fetal echocardiography include, but are not limited to:

- previous child born with a congenital cardiac defect
- maternal/paternal history of cardiovascular disease

- maternal pregestational diabetes
- fetal arrhythmia
- maternal collagen vascular disorder (lupus)
- medication or teratogen exposure
- fetus with extra cardiac abnormalities
- fetus with a chromosomal abnormality
- abnormal four chamber view on ultrasound
- advanced maternal age
- if the views of the heart were sub-optimal on a previous sonogram