How to perform a sonographic morphological assessment of the fetus at 11–14 weeks of gestation

Edward Andrew Springhall, Daniel Lorber Rolnik, Maya Reddy, Sujatha Ganesan, Maria Maxfield, Jayshree Ramkrishna, Simon Meagher, Mark Teoh, Fabricio da Silva Costa

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First‐trimester ultrasound is widely accepted as part of standard care in many countries. With improvements in equipment, expertise and increasing number of technical studies describing imaging techniques, the detection rate for major fetal anomalies in the first trimester continues to rise and can be as high as 60% in high‐risk populations.

We set out to create a systematic pictorial guide for trained ultrasound providers to describe the common anatomical structures that are identifiable in the first trimester with provided images. In addition to normal anatomical structures, a number of anomalies with high detection rates are listed.

A large proportion of the major fetal abnormalities can be detected in the first trimester. A systematic approach is essential to ensure that anomalies are equally likely to be detected for patients of any risk background.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
Number of pages13
JournalAustralasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

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