•Fetal echocardiography is used to diagnose heart disease in the fetus prior to delivery. •Rate of fetal diagnosis remains low with significant geographical variation (Quartermainet al, 2015)
•Accurate prenatal diagnosis can impact delivery planning and family counseling. Missed or inaccurate fetal diagnosis can cause parental distress, unnecessary transfer of care, or delivery at a facility unprepared to care for the patient.
- We aim to perform a longitudinal study comparing the prenatal and postnatal cardiac diagnosis for each patient that undergoes a fetal echocardiogram.
- We aim to decrease the number of incorrect diagnoses by reviewing selected cases to decide what can be done differently to improve diagnostic accuracy.
Hart, Michael R, "Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease" (2020). MaineHealth Performance Improvement. 31.