Fetal echocardiography

Fetal echocardiography is a test that uses ultrasound to evaluate the details of the fetal heart. Although fetal echocardiography cannot detect all heart abnormalities, it is useful for excluding many of the major congenital heart defects. Indications for a fetal echocardiogram include but are not limited to a suspected fetal heart defect, mother or prior child with a congenital heart defect, a fetal arrhythmia, a non-cardiac birth defect, maternal diabetes, an increased nuchal translucency, an IVF pregnancy, etc. Because Prof. Scharf works closely with pediatric cardiologists of surrounding university clinics, he can easily refer you for further evaluation if needed.