Fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound test that assesses your baby’s heart structures and function. This test enables your physician to detect heart abnormalities before your baby is born, allowing for faster medical or surgical intervention after birth.
Fetal echocardiograms are usually performed in the second trimester of pregnancy. Your physician may recommend a fetal echocardiogram if:
During a fetal echocardiogram, a small probe called a transducer is placed on your abdomen. The transducer sends out sound waves that bounce, or echo, off your baby's heart structures. The computer interprets these echoes into an image of the heart walls and valves.
The specialists at UPMC in Central Pa. are highly trained in the latest techniques to obtain accurate information about your baby's heart, including:
Talk to your doctor if you have questions about prenatal testing.
Maternal Fetal Medicine
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100 South 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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20 North Street
Hanover, PA 17331
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