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During the Nuchal scan (11-13 weeks), the Anomaly scan (20-24 weeks) and wellbeing scan (30-34 weeks) we routinely examine the fetal heart and connecting blood vessels.

Why should you have a cardiac scan?

A specialist examination of the fetal heart is recommended for:

  • Women with family history of congenital heart abnormalities
  • Women with diabetes mellitus
  • Women that take antiepileptic drugs
  • Fetuses with suspected heart defect and those with increased nuchal translucency or certain non-cardiac abnormalities detected during the routine scans

How is the cardiac scan performed?

The cardiac scan is performed trans-abdominally which means over the tummy.