Distinguishing right from left

a standardized technique for fetal echocardiography.

T. M. Cordes, P. W. O'Leary, J. B. Seward, D. J. Hagler

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Abstract

Improved echocardiographic equipment and increasing experience have led to accurate and reliable prenatal diagnosis of congenital defects and arrhythmias. However, without a standard convention for acquisition and presentation of fetal images, distinguishing the right side of the fetus from the left side can be difficult and confusing. This article proposes a standard method of image acquisition and presentation that allows confident determination of the fetal right/left axis by easily identified anatomic landmarks. This technique provides a reliable determination of the fetal right/left axis regardless of fetal position (i.e., face up, face down, facing left, or facing right), in both real time and retrospective review. Only after the fetal right/left axis has been determined can accurate diagnoses of fetal atrial and visceral situs, base-apex axis, and cardiac segmental anatomy be made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994

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Echocardiography
Labor Presentation
Anatomic Landmarks
Prenatal Diagnosis
Cardiac Arrhythmias
Anatomy
Fetus
Equipment and Supplies

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Distinguishing right from left : a standardized technique for fetal echocardiography. / Cordes, T. M.; O'Leary, P. W.; Seward, J. B.; Hagler, D. J.

In: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.1994, p. 47-53.

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