10 Main Advantages of Early Fetal Scan

EARLY FETAL SCAN CONFERENCE

6-7 & 13-14 November 2021

Early fetal scan (EF scan) is an alternative approach for 1st trimester sonographic screening: early detection of fetal anomalies instead of looking for chromosomal markers. EF scan represents systematic from top to toe anatomical review of the fetal organs with special attention to the heart and the brain. The main aim of EF scan is diagnosis of structural anomalies and new high-resolution ultrasound scanners by different manufactures are very suitable for this task. The optimal time for EF scan is 12-13 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby has just completed its embryological phase of development and become an early human.

10 Main Advantages of Early Fetal Scan

  • Early detection of anomalies
  • Detection of severe cases with worst prognosis
  • Simultaneous with NIPT
  • Appropriate fetal dimensions for transvaginal scanning (TVS)
  • Combined use of TAS and TVS
  • Some anomalies are more prominent at early stages
  • Time for additional tests and its results (karyotype, arrays, genetic, TORCH, ets) and for counseling by multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Option of surgical termination for lethal/severe conditions
  • Understating of natural history of anomalies
  • If something is unclear on EF scan, there is always time for detailed follow-up scans at later stages.