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Fetal Echocardiography

What is fetal echocardiography?

Fetal echocardiography (echo) uses sound waves to check the heart of your developing baby.

Fetal echo can help find heart defects before birth. If a heart problem can be found early, the more likely treatment will work. This is because:

  • Healthcare providers may be able to treat the problem before birth, in some cases. 
  • Healthcare providers can get ready for problems that may happen during labor and delivery. 
  • An early delivery can be scheduled.
  • Once the baby is born, treatment may be done. This might be medicine or surgery.
  • Why might I need fetal echo?
  • What are the risks of fetal echo?
  • How do I get ready for fetal echo?
  • What happens during fetal echo?
  • What happens after fetal echo?
Children's Team

Children's Team


Russell Cross

Russell Cross

Director, Cardiac MRI
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
 Mary Donofrio

Mary Donofrio

Director, Fetal Heart Program
Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Anita Krishnan

Anita Krishnan

Associate Director, Echocardiography
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Children's Locations that Perform this Procedure

Children's Locations that Perform this Procedure

Treatment Service Locations

Pennsylvania Avenue

Fetal Echo at GWU Hospital

2150 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Ambulatory Patient Center, 5th floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20037

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Our Stories

Our Stories

Penelope and sisters

Penelope's Story

Before Penelope was even born, she had a team of Children's specialists ready with a treatment plan for her heart defect.

conjoined twins

Tyson and Tyler's Story

Before they had even entered the world, Children's National doctors had hatched a plan to safely deliver and then separate conjoined twins Tyson and Tyler.



Cardiac Imaging

We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, fetal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI.

Fetal Heart Program

Our heart care begins before babies are even born, in our dedicated Fetal Heart Program, where we diagnose and even treat fetal heart conditions.

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