Fetal Echocardiography Sydney NSW

Fetal Echocardiography Sydney NSW

A fetal echocardiogram may be recommended if your ultrasonographer cannot view the heart properly, or to confirm the cardiovascular health of your baby

What is fetal echocardiography?

A fetal echocardiograph is similar to an ultrasound, providing a detailed anatomical view of the fetal heart. It is recommended for pregnancies at high risk of cardiac abnormalities including those complicated by:

  • Increased nuchal translucency thickness in the first trimester
  • Abnormalities detected on the morphology scan
  • Family history of congenital heart disease
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Maternal teratogen exposure
  • Fetal infections
  • Drugs or alcohol

Through this test you will be able to see the blood flow of your baby’s heart, their heart rhythm and the structures of the heart. Your specialist will examine these areas for abnormalities.

Fetal echocardiography is undertaken onsite at Centre for Women’s Ultrasound by Dr Megan Sherwood, a paediatric cardiologist from Westmead Children’s Hospital.

This avoids the need to be referred elsewhere for this specialised scan. Dr Sherwood can also follow-up any cardiac abnormalities throughout the pregnancy and during the neonatal period.

When is a fetal echocardiogram performed?

This ultrasound scan is performed from week 18-24 during pregnancy and repeated during the pregnancy for diagnosed anomalies. This is usually performed abdominally or using transvaginal ultrasound in the first trimester. Transvaginal ultrasound generally provides a clearer view of the heart in a small fetus.

Where is the Fetal ECHO performed?

Fetal ECHO will be performed by Dr Megan Sherwood (paediatric cardiologist) at the Centre for Women’s Ultrasound in Westmead. We are conveniently located close by to the Hills District, Parramatta and the North Rocks and see women from all across Sydney.