Fetal heart scan

AN ultrasound of a baby's heart before it has been born

Sometimes referred to as a foetal cardiac scan

What is a fetal heart scan?

A fetal cardiac scan will let you know detailed information about your baby's heart, blood vessels and overall well-being

The scan is undertaken between 19-21 weeks, please be aware it is normal for your unborn baby to have their heart scanned.

This scan uses ultrasound imaging, to monitor and assess the baby's heart, blood vessels, blood flow and general health. The test is carried out in a supportive environment with experienced nurses and imaging teams. Your consultant obstetrician will answer any questions you may have about the scan.

Need to know

  • What happens during the scan? icon plus

    A fetal heart scan is very similar to a normal pregnancy ultrasound scan. Your consultant will apply gel to your abdomen area, before passing an ultrasound probe over it. By doing so, they'll be able to view pictures of your baby's heart. The scan will normally lasts between 5 and 20 minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    There is no need to prepare anything specific for a fetal cardiac scan. However, your consultant obstetrician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
  • After your scan icon plus

    You should be able to go home immediately after your scan. If there is a problem with your baby's heart, your consultant obstetrician will take great care to explain your next options to you. This may include:

    • regular check-ups during pregnancy to monitor the heart
    • careful monitoring for other related conditions
    • if required, potential treatment options for your baby after they are born

Our consultants

We work with leading consultants and radiologists who specialise in fetal heart scans and fetal cardiology.

Our locations

We provide exceptional supportive care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics and specialise in fetal cardiac scans at The Portland Hospital

Contact The Portland Hospital

Any questions about The Portland Hospital, and the services available? Call or email us and we'll be happy to help.

Call us on

020 7390 6068
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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