Since its founding in 1981, the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center has expanded its vision to incorporate dynamic new methods for fetal diagnosis and treatment based on the emerging fields of maternal-fetal genetics and precision medicine.
Advances in prenatal imaging technologies allow the experts at the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center to offer comprehensive early anatomic evaluations. These specialized examinations are conducted by maternal-fetal medicine specialists and cardiologists trained in advanced prenatal diagnosis. Early fetal anatomy evaluations are particularly useful for patients who are at high risk of having a fetal malformation.
The early anatomy evaluation incorporates advances in ultrasound technology that allow improved visualization of fetal anatomy at all gestation stages. This early anatomy evaluation is optimally performed at 12 to 14 weeks. The evaluation is appropriate for several clinical indications such as abnormalities suspected during nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound, a family history of fetal anomalies, abnormal results on prenatal screening, multiple gestations, and pregestational diabetes.
The benefits of early anatomic evaluation include early access to targeted diagnostic testing and follow-up imaging such as early fetal echocardiography, the opportunity to make more informed decisions regarding the pregnancy, and early reassurance for patients with normal results.