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.
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Providers of Fetal Echocardiography
Jeffrey Alan Becker, MD
Sarah B. Clauss, MD
Mary Teresa Donofrio, MD,FASE,FAAP,FACC
Departments that Offer Fetal Echocardiography
Prenatal Cardiology Program
Children diagnosed with heart conditions before they are born receive comprehensive, expert care from our fetal cardiology specialists. Learn more about our Prenatal Cardiology Program.
We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, prenatal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI.