Fetal echocardiogram

Fetal heart defects are the most common birth defects with an incidence of approximately 8/1,000 pregnancies.  A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound examining only the fetal heart.  This is usually done between 20-22 weeks of gestation.  Recording devices are not permitted.

Common indications for fetal echocardiography include*:

Fetal indications:


Maternal indications:

If you are referred for a fetal echocardiogram, please remember because it is a technically difficult scan, it is scheduled as a one-hour visit.

Children will not be allowed in the room during the fetal echocardiogram.

*AIUM Practice Guidelines for the Performance of Fetal Echocardiography, 2010