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Fetal Echocardiography

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.
Children's Team

Children's Team


 Mary Donofrio

Mary Donofrio

Medical Director, Prenatal Cardiology Program
Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Our Stories

Our Stories

Penelope and sisters

Penelope's Story

Before Penelope was even born, she had a team of Children's specialists ready with a treatment plan for her heart defect.

conjoined twins

Tyson and Tyler's Story

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.



Cardiac Imaging

We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, prenatal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI. 

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.