Fetal echocardiography is an ultrasound test of a baby’s heart while it is still in the mother’s womb. This test is available at the Outpatient Cardiology Lab of Floyd Medical Center.
How is the test performed?
A fetal echocardiogram is a painless and non-invasive procedure that takes approximately an hour to complete.
This test is very similar to an ultrasound that is performed in a doctor’s office. A specialized ultrasound wand, called a transducer, is placed on the mother’s stomach. The transducer is moved around to view a baby’s heart in greater detail from various angles.
Why is a fetal echocardiogram ordered?
A doctor, often an OB/GYN, may order a fetal echocardiogram if a problem is suspected. Reasons for ordering this test include, but are not limited to the following:
Concerns with the Fetus (Baby)
- Suspected heart defect found on an ultrasound
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Major fetal extra-cardiac anomalies
- Monochorionic twinning
- Abnormal fetal heart rhythm
- Fetal hydrops
Concerns with the Mother
- Family history of congenital heart disease
- Metabolic disorders, such as maternal diabetes
- Familial inherited disorders
- Maternal teratogen exposure
- Autoimmune disease
- In-vitro fertilization
Floyd Medical Center
For more information or to schedule a fetal echocardiogram, call 706.509.6700 or