Fetal Imaging & Testing

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State-of-the-art technology at the Fetal Center allows for early diagnosis and treatment plans.

Brain vasculature for the Fetal Center at Le Bonheur Chidlren's Hospital

Most common testing includes:

  • Ultrasound: Conducted frequently for Fetal Center patients, ultrasounds continually monitor the baby’s growth and development. Our ultrasound team is accredited in obstetrics by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS): Performed between weeks 10-13, CVS tests for chromosomal abnormalities and genetic disorders through placental biopsy. Women generally have this test if there is a high risk of genetic disorders or chromosomal abnormalities. 
  • Amniocentesis: This test is usually performed between 16-20 weeks gestation. Amniocentesis can determine if your baby has a genetic disorder, neural tube defects (like spina bifida) or any chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Fetal echocardiogram (echo): Provided in partnership with Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute, fetal echos examine the baby’s heart as early as the first trimester. Fetal echos are performed if there is a family history of congenital heart defects, or a probability of the baby developing a heart defect.
  • Fetal MRI: After ultrasounds and testing are completed and doctors determine the baby needs a closer look, a fetal MRI is often suggested. Fetal MRIs provide detailed images of fetal anatomy.

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