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What exactly does an ultrasound of the fetal heart consist of?

What exactly does an ultrasound of the fetal heart consist of?

Most detailed exam: Maternal-fetal medicine or OB doctors. Sonographers spend long time looking at the heart to ensure that there are 4 chambers, an intact septum between the chambers, normal anatomy of the big vessels of the heart, a regular and normal heart rate, etc. They will also look for abnormalities that can be associated with chromosomal or other problems. Details they see change with fetal age and position. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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What happens at fetal heart ultrasound?

What happens at fetal heart ultrasound?

Evaluation 4 defects: Detailed evaluation of the fetal heart.
Experienced centers can detect >90% of all fetal cardiac anonalies with fetal echocardiogram. It is a targeted examination that lasts ~1 hour; it is an expensive test. A comprehensive sonogram by a maternal-fetal medicine doctor should be your first step before being referred to the pediatric cardiologists to perform the fetal echo. ...Read more

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What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

What is a fetal heart ultrasound?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound of the fetal heart, usually only done when there is an increased risk of a heart defect in the fetus. It is a detailed look at lots of different parts of a baby's heart anatomy and function. ...Read more

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Would a fetal heart ultrasound find all problems if there were any?

Would a fetal heart ultrasound find all problems if there were any?

Depends.: Depending on maternal bmi, gestational age, number of fetuses, fibroids, fetal position, machine used, duration of the examination, examiner experience and amniotic fluid volume — prenatal sonography can pick up 20-70% of all fetal heart defects. Fetal echocardiography should detect >90% of such defects, but there are not enough pediatric cardiologists interested in fetal echo around to try that. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound miss a fetal heart beat when it's Measuring 7wks 1 day. I'm returning in 4 days, chances of seeing a heart beat?

Can an ultrasound miss a fetal heart beat when it's Measuring 7wks 1 day. I'm returning in 4 days, chances of seeing a heart beat?

Vaginal? Abdominal?: In almost all cases you should get a heart-beat with vaginal ultrasound early in the 6th week. Abdominal ultrasound won't get a heartbeat until at least 8 weeks in thin women, and can be much later. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I had my ultrasound today and my ob said the fetus is too small to measure. Now I'm worried that the fetus has no heart beat. I'm estimated 5/6 weeks?

I had my ultrasound today and my ob said the fetus is too small to measure. Now I'm worried that the fetus has no heart beat. I'm estimated 5/6 weeks?

Too early: It is too early to worry. A fetus can not usually be seen until at least 6 weeks. Most likely the doctor scheduled you to return next week for a repeat sonogram. At that time you should be able to see and determine if all is well. ...Read more

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Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium deposits on fetal heart ultrasound what does it mean?

Calcium Deposits: Your question is not clear. Where are these deposits located? Please provide all information to get correct answer. ...Read more

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Where can I find ultrasound images of fetal congenital heart defects?

Where can I find ultrasound images of fetal congenital heart defects?

Www.thefetus.net.: Try the above website for many fetal anomalies, including cardiac lesions. ...Read more

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I had ultrasound appt today. Tech says 5 weeks 1 day but no fetal pole seen. Hcg today 4199. What are my chances. B4 had miscrg b4 5 weeks no heart beat

I had ultrasound appt today. Tech says 5 weeks 1 day but no fetal pole seen. Hcg today 4199. What are my chances. B4 had miscrg b4 5 weeks no heart beat

Do another hcg: Do another HCG in 48 hours after the first one. Usually would double. Also, checking Progesterone level may be helpful. If going up but not quite x 2, repeat ultrasound in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I went in for a second ultrasound at 8 weeks and was told the fetus was measuring 6 weeks with a low heart rate of 86. What chance of miscarriage?

I went in for a second ultrasound at 8 weeks and was told the fetus was measuring 6 weeks with a low heart rate of 86. What chance of miscarriage?

A precise number ..: A precise number or chance of miscarriage can not be estimated from these reports, but you are right to be concerned about a low heart rate and small fetal size. Both of these ultrasound associated findings can be interpreted as risks for impending miscarriage. I understand waiting and hoping is difficult... I do hope this is just a temporary blip and all will be well. Stay in close touch with your provider. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed a gestational sac of 9 wks. Fetal pole not clearly visualized corresponding to 8wks 3 days, unable to detect fetal heart motion.?

Ultrasound showed a gestational sac of 9 wks. Fetal pole not clearly visualized corresponding to 8wks 3 days, unable to detect fetal heart motion.?

Repeat: The difficulty visualizing the fetal pole and heart beat at 9 weeks could be a result of the quality of the ultrasound. A repeat ultrasound and/or serial quantitative HCGs would help to clarify what is going on. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My gestational age is 6weak and fetal age is 4 weak but no foetal pole or heart beat seen in ultrasound. Only smal gestational sac is seen. Pls guide.

My gestational age is 6weak and fetal age is 4 weak but no foetal pole or heart beat seen in ultrasound. Only smal gestational sac is seen. Pls guide.

Early pregnancy.: During the early stages of pregnancy, the fetal age calculated by your LMP and the fetal age by the ultrasound can differ. This is frequent and can be a normal occurrence. Depending on the size in millimeters of the gestational sac, one might not see a fetal pole in a very early pregnancy. Seek the advice of your OB and they will follow your hormone levels and re-ultrasound you if necessary. ...Read more

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Further to a t/v ultrasound, fetal pole measuring 6w6d, no heart beat. Dr said expect a miscarriage. 6 days since u/s, no bleeding. What next?

3 options: I am sorry you have to go through this difficult experience. It may be several days to weeks before you pass the pregnancy spontaneously. You can wait a while longer, or take medications to make your uterus contract to induce the miscarriage or have a surgical procedure (d&c)to remove the pregnancy. Your doctor should discuss all of these options with you. ...Read more

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6 weeks 3 days hCG 38, 519 and fetal heart rate 124. Ultrasound said 6w 1d just want to make sure everything sounds good 4 miscarriages past 1 live?

Once u see a ht beat: Hcg does not matter i rec getting a Progesterone level cause if it is low u may need prog gel supplementation and repeat us in 2 weeks to confirm the ht beat is still there andit is n, if that is the case then u hould be good. ...Read more

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On 4/28 11 wks I went to my first prenatal visit. The ultrasound showed a fetus of 5/6 wks and a sack of 11 wks with no heart beat. On 5/1 I was given medication to help pass the fetus. On my check up 5/19 I had a positive test hcg level 142 and there wa

On 4/28 11 wks I went to my first prenatal visit. The ultrasound showed a fetus of 5/6 wks and a sack of 11 wks with no heart beat. On 5/1 I was given medication to help pass the fetus. On my check up 5/19 I had a positive test hcg level 142 and there wa

Question cut off!: Sorry, but there is a 150 character limit and your question cut off. Ask again, be brief but complete. Remember, we cannot see any other questions you may have posted on the subject, so all pertinent info must be in that question. You can add notes in the history about medical problems and meds, too, which may help us. ...Read more