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5.         Fetal Echocardiography

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the newborn and infant population. Prenatal diagnosis of CHD improves outcomes and facilitates treatment options, surgical and medical care. However structural cardiac anomalies are often missed at prenatal ultrasound and published detection rates are quite low.

Detection rates can be optimised by performing a thorough ultrasound examination of the fetal heart. The fetal heart is a complex, dynamic, three dimensional structure that is difficult to examine prenatally with confidence. There are a number of sonographic views required to adequately assess this dynamic structure, along with a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the normal and abnormal fetal heart.

This course aims to help sonographers, radiologists and obstetricians develop a framework for the cardiac examination and report and to introduce them to some of the commoner anomalies that they may encounter.  It will cover the normal sonographic views required for thorough fetal heart assessment. This full day, interactive, fetal heart workshop will provide the attendees with practical experience they can take back to their workplace.

Lisa Clarke & Peter Coombs

Workshop Program

9:00 - 9:30   Introduction
Interactive quiz, 10 questions, video clips and images
9:30 – 10:00   Basics of Fetal Heart scanning
- 4 Chamber basic
- Outflow tracts
- Arches
10:00 – 10:30   Live scanning demonstration
10:30 – 11:00   Morning tea
11:00 – 13:00   Fetal Heart Anomalies
- Anomalies of 4 chambers
- Anomalies of outflow tracts
- More anomalies
13:00 – 14:00   Lunch
14:00 – 15:30   Live scanning demonstration outlining the aims of the ‘hands on’ live scanning
15:30 – 16:00   Afternoon tea
16:00 – 17:00   Re-sit quiz, full explanation of answers, includes advanced anomalies explanation
17:00 -   Concluding Comments