Fetal Echocardiography (Detailed Cardiac Scan)
A transabdominal pregnancy ultrasound scan (ideally from 20 weeks) where a cardiac defect or rhythm disturbance is performed by a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist. Cardiac defects occur in about 1 in 200 pregnancies are are more common than Down Syndrome.
About 50% of cardiac defects or babies with congenital heart disease are missed on the routine Anomaly Scan. This scan will identify most major cardiac defects.