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Foetal cardiac scan

Our foetal cardiac scans let you know detailed information about your baby's heart, blood vessels and overall well-being

About

Between 19-21 weeks, it is normal for your unborn baby to have their heart scanned. With ultrasound imaging, we can monitor their heart, blood vessels, blood flow and general well-being. The test is carried out in a supportive environment. Your consultant obstetrician will answer any questions you may have. 

Need to know

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    A foetal heart scan is very similar to a normal pregnancy 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 foetal cardiac scan. However, your consultant obstetrician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
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    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
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Childrens enquiries 020 3811 4906
    Maternity enquiries 020 3131 5998
    Women's health 020 3811 5137

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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