Routine Fetal Anomaly Screening
Probably at least 90% of women in the UK undergo an ultrasound examination at some time during pregnancy. The vast majority of these examinations are in the early weeks to establish dates and viability, or in later pregnancy to determine fetal size or placental site. As the standard of equipment available has improved and the technical skill of the operators has advanced, the ability to visualise fetal structures has increased to the extent that routine screening for anomalies has become feasible. Indeed it is the view of some that the stage has been reached where a routine anomaly scan may be considered almost mandatory.
KeywordsDiaphragmatic Hernia Spina Bifida Perinatal Mortality Cardiac Lesion Prenatal Screening
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