Fetal Echocardiography

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



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For more information or to schedule a fetal echocardiogram, call 706.509.6700 or email us.

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