Fetal Echocardiography

Board-certified cardiologists at Magee-Womens Imaging work closely with doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to provide fetal echocardiography services.

Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, we scan the hearts of:

  • Fetuses, in utero, for heart defects
  • Pregnant mothers, for heart disease

Similar to a standard ultrasound procedure, a technologist specializing in abdominal ultrasound applies a gel to the mother’s abdomen and a slides a transducer across, producing images of the baby’s or mother's heart.

Fetal echocardiography can help doctors understand the whole picture of a fetus that might have a chromosome problem or an isolated heart defect.

Who Should Have Fetal Echocardiography?

Expectant mothers should be referred for a fetal echocardiography exam between 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy if they have experienced or been diagnosed with:

  • Exposure to drugs and diseases during pregnancy
  • Family history of congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Increased risk of Down syndrome
  • Chromosome abnormalities and CHD

Learn more about fetal echocardiography services at Children’s Hospital.

Contact Us

If you are an expectant mother and would like more information about our services, please call 412-641-4304.


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