Objectives. To investigate the detection rate of major fetal heart defects in a low-risk population implementing routine use of color Doppler. Material and Methods. In a prospective observational study, all women undergoing fetal heart scanning (including 6781 routine examinations in the second trimester) during a three-year period were included. First a gray-scale scanning was performed including assessment of the four-chamber view and the great vessels. Thereafter three cross-sectional planes through the fetal thorax were assessed with color Doppler. Results. Thirty-nine fetuses had major heart defects, and 26 (67%) were prenatally detected. In 9/26 (35%) of cases the main ultrasound finding was related to the use of color Doppler. The survival rate of live born children was 91%. Conclusions. Routine use of color Doppler in fetal heart scanning in a low-risk population may be helpful in the detection of major heart defects; however, still severe malformations were missed prenatally.
Dec 24, 2005·Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology : the Official Journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology·UNKNOWN International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jan 5, 2011·Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine : Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine·UNKNOWN Fetal Echocardiography Task ForceUNKNOWN Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
May 28, 2011·Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology : the Official Journal of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology·K SalvesenUNKNOWN Board of International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG)
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