Most of the pregnant women under the antenatal care of a qualified gynaecologist undergoes Level 2 Scan around the 14-16 weeks of the pregnancy. If the radiologist finds any kind of irregular heart rythem or there is a family history of congenital heart disease in any of the sibling then Foetal Echocardiography is advised. More than 1% of live births in India have heart defects and therefore getting a Foetal echo around the 16-18 week period is a good decision if any of the above mentioned conditions are present. If the mother has type 1 diabetes, rubella infection during pregnancy or usage of medicines during pregnancy which affect the growth of the foetal heart then also foetal echocardiography should be done to find out the health of the heart of unborn baby.
Echocardiography Test for adults is done by the Cardiologists using the Ultrasound machine with colour doppler features. However for doing foetal echo, the ultrasound machine should be 4D and there should be a 4D Probe. The Foetal Echocardiography is done by a trained radiologist. Foetal heart around the 16 weeks of pregnancy is less than 1 cm and scanning such a small organ is not possible on a 2D ultrasound machine. The 4D machine will create 3D Live image of the foetal heart and these images are interpreted by the radiologist to prepare foetal echo report. Since abortion is allowed till 20 weeks of the pregnancy, it is extremely important to get foetal echo done by the 18th week, so that the family can take informed decision about continuing with the pregnancy if the foetus has serious heart defects.
The cost of foetal echocardiography is in the range of Rs. 3500 at our centre. Most of the radiologists are trained in doing Ultrasound Scans but not all the radiologists are comfortable in doing the foetal echocardiography. Proper training and adequate experience is required for performing different types of ultrasound scans. The patient can also get Level 2 Scan and Foetal Echo in the same sitting. For Foetal Echocardiography in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh you can get the appointment by calling on the number +91-9696229366