UVA's Fetal Heart Program offers fetal echos (fetal echocardiograms) to diagnose congenital heart defects and better prepare for your baby's arrival.
Thanks to modern technology, healthcare teams and families are better prepared for the baby's arrival.
UVA’s Fetal Heart Program offers a state-of-the-art non-invasive fetal echocardiogram, which includes 3-D technology. Fetal echo is available to high-risk mothers as early as 12 weeks into their pregnancy.
A fetal echo uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to get a detailed view of fetal heart chambers, valves and major blood vessels.
Not every pregnant woman will need a fetal echo. But early prenatal diagnosis can help your medical team prepare for and manage problems after birth.
Plus, once there’s a diagnosis, UVA’s multidisciplinary healthcare team offers an entire program of support and follow-up care.