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Fetal Echocardiography

Fetal echocardiography is a specialized ultrasound study that focuses on the fetal heart. We look at the structure and blood flow through the fetal heart and fetal cardiac rhythm.

Fetal echocardiograms are noninvasive and are performed by qualified sonographers and interpreted by a perinatologist specializing in the field of fetal echocardiography.

Indications for fetal echocardiography include, but are not limited to:

  • Previous child born with a congenital heart defect
  • Other family history of heart problems
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Fetal arrhythmia (abnormal cardiac rhythm)
  • Maternal lupus
  • Medication or teratogen exposure
  • Fetus with noncardiac abnormalities
  • Fetus with a chromosomal abnormality
  • Abnormal “four chamber view” on ultrasound

Coordination of appointments with a pediatric cardiologist is provided for those patients requiring additional cardiology services. Our department works in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiology, in order to offer the very best in prenatal care to a mother and her unborn child.