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When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

Suspected problems: If you ob/gyn doctor or maternal fetal medicine specialist recommend a fetal echocardiogram, it is usually because they suspect some sort of malformation in the fetuses heart, lungs, etc. It may be because they notice something on a prior ultrasound, or they just want to be safe/cautious if you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a congenital heart problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Echo refers to reflections of sound waves, typically 0.5-10mhz, sent through a body structure, all variants of water density. Cardio refers to heart. Gram refers to a picture or graphical representation of the data. A form of us, these help see certain aspects of our hearts behavior/function, real-time in motion picture video. Quality & usefulness varies widely as ...Read more


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Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram shows the structures of the heart such as the walls, the atria, ventricles and the valves. It is used to look for abnormalities of the valves or other congenital abnormalities such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect. ...Read more

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I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

Not much: You probably saw doppler signals - images of how sounds travel through the tissue as seen from the ultrasound probe. As long as the echocardiogram was ok, no need to worry about colors. ...Read more

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Can you have echocardiography on the fetus?

Can you have echocardiography on the fetus?

Yes: A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the fetal heart, done through the mother's abdomen. ...Read more

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What will fetal echocardiography be like?

What will fetal echocardiography be like?

An ultrasound: A fetal echocardiogram is just a detailed ultrasound of your baby's heart. The ultrasound will be done with the ultrasound transducer on your abdomen, using a lot of gel. It may take 30-60 minutes for the ultrasonographer to take all the pictures that he or she needs. ...Read more

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Difference between echocardiography and fetal echo?

Difference between echocardiography and fetal echo?

Adult and fetal: A fetal "echo" means a fetal echocardiogram. This is a detailed ultrasound of the fetus' heart, and it is done through the mother's abdomen. An adult can have an echocardiogram as well. It is either done through the chest wall, or with a special transducer that goes down the adult's esophagus ("transesophageal") to get closer pictures of the person's heart. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

MFM vs. Ped/cards.: Maternal-fetal medicine specialists can perform and interpret targeted fetal cardiac examinations and fetal echos with up to 75% detection rate. Pediatric cardiologists can perform fetal echos with up to 95% detection rate. ...Read more

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Does an echocardiogram check for heart rhythm problems as well as structural problems, or is it limited to just picture view/structural?

Yes and No: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, that specifically evaluates heart structure and function. The heart rhythm is monitored during the study to see heart rate, but this is not a test to specifically evaluate rhythm. The best test for that is an ekg (electrocardiogram) or holter monitor, which you wear for 1-2 days to monitor rhythm. ...Read more

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Is 3.8 CM upper normal limit for mid ascending aorta (in adults) when measured by cardiac MRI and 3.7 CM when measured by echocardiogram?If no, what is

Is 3.8 CM upper normal limit for mid ascending aorta (in adults) when measured by cardiac MRI and 3.7 CM when measured by echocardiogram?If no, what is

BSA: Those numbers are in the ballpark of the upper limit of normal, but the best answer depends on body surface area. The upper end of normal is different depending on how heavy and how tall a person is. While 3.7 cm may be normal for one person, particularly if they are tall, it may be enlarged for another person, particularly if they are short. ...Read more

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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Maybe: You need to contact your insurance company and see if your benefits cover the exam. Most will, but how much they will pay for and what you will need to pay varies. ...Read more

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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

Cardiac echo is a somewhat redundant term for "echocardiogram." during this painless procedure, harmless sound waves are passed into the chest and reflected back, providing a detailed image of the heart, measures of the flow of blood within it, and information about certain structures which surround ...Read more