Obtaining the four-chamber view to diagnose fetal cardiac anomalies.
Four-chamber view screening of the fetal heart was greeted with significant optimism in the mid-1980s. This screening technique was initially expected to detect most congenital heart disease in utero; however, recent studies demonstrate a 4% to 40% sensitivity of four-chamber view screening. It is therefore probable that the dream of antepartum diagnosis of most congenital heart disease in utero will remain unfulfilled. This is particularly true with increasing funding constraints for health care provision imposed by both the federal government and third-party payors.
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Hess, D. B., Hess, L. W., Carter, G. A., Floyd, R. C., & Fraser, R. F. (1998). Obtaining the four-chamber view to diagnose fetal cardiac anomalies. Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America, 25(3), 499–515. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0889-8545(05)70024-3
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology