Using fetal ultrasound of the heart, defects can be detected as early as 16 to 18 weeks gestation, and in some cases, as early as 11-12 weeks gestation. This routine, painless test provides general information about the growth of your baby, and the structure and function of the baby's organs.
The test may be done using an abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound.
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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.
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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In a collaboration with Mary Washington Healthcare, Children's National offers fetal heart services at this location.
Our researchers develop leading-edge, noninvasive imaging techniques to assess abnormal fetal development, guiding care for women with high-risk pregnancies.
Dorothy Bulas, M.D., works in Children’s National Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology. She is a pediatric radiologist with special interest in cross sectional imaging, particularly ultrasound.