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Real-time three-dimensional fetal echocardiography: initial feasibility study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10547106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography acquires data as a volume rather than as a series of planar images, thereby obviating cardiac or respiratory gating and limiting artifacts generated by random motion. This study was undertaken to evaluate the feasibility of using real-time three-dimensional echocardiography to evaluate fetal cardiac anatomy and function. Ten human fetuses were evaluated in utero, four of whom had congenital heart disease. Freehand transabdominal scanning was performed on each pregnant woman using a real-time three-dimensional echocardiography system. Four volume clips at 20 volumes/s of duration 1.5 s each were obtained on each fetal heart and stored for off-line analysis. Data were displayed immediately as a series of four simultaneous planes, with the ability for the observer to manipulate the position of each plane within the acquired volume data set. Cardiac motion could be slowed, stopped, or viewed at its original speed. Most structures and views, as well as cardiac function, could be visualized consistently. Abnormal structures could be detected readily. Off-line analysis was rapid and easy. We conclude that fetal real-time three-dimensional echocardiography is a feasible, facile, and rapid new technique.
M S Sklansky; T Nelson; M Strachan; D Pretorius
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0278-4297     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ultrasound Med     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-24     Completed Date:  1999-11-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211547     Medline TA:  J Ultrasound Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  745-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of California, San Diego 92103-8445, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Three-Dimensional*
Feasibility Studies
Fetal Diseases / ultrasonography
Heart Defects, Congenital / ultrasonography
Ultrasonography, Prenatal*

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