Screening ultrasound exams of fetal anatomy should include a standardized, thorough evaluation of fetal cardiac anatomy.
The sequential imaging of five transverse views of the abdomen, heart and great vessels, which we refer to as the “5 essential views,” is an evidence-based technique demonstrated to detect a majority of critical congenital heart defects.
High quality education and training should be made accessible to sonographers to support their proficiency and confidence in fetal cardiac imaging.
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