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.