Ultrasound reference chart based on IVF dates to estimate gestational age at 6-9 weeks' gestation

Pavitra Delpachitra, Kirsten Palmer, Joseph Onwude, Simon Meagher, Luk Rombauts, Karen Waalwyk, Michael Bethune, Stephen Tong

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Accurate determination of gestational age underpins good obstetric care. We assessed the performance of six existing ultrasound reference charts to determine gestational age in 1268 singleton IVF pregnancies, where a??truea?? gestational age could be precisely calculated from date of fertilisation. All charts generated dates significantly different to IVF dates (P <0.0001 all comparisons). Thus we generated a new reference chart, The Monash Chart, based on a line of best fit describing crown-rump length across 6 + 1 to 9 + 0 weeks of gestation (true gestational age) in the IVF singleton cohort. The Monash Chart, but none of the existing charts, accurately determined gestational age among an independent IVF twin cohort (185 twin pairs). When applied to 3052 naturally-conceived singletons scans, The Monash Chart generated estimated due dates that were different to all existing charts (P a?? 0.004 all comparisons). We conclude that commonly used ultrasound reference charts have inaccuracies. We have generated a CRL reference chart based on true gestational age in an IVF cohort that can accurately determine gestational age at 6a??9 weeks of gestation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 6
Number of pages6
JournalISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue numberArt. ID: 938583
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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