Cardiac scan

Cardiac Scan

The cardiac scan usually confirms that all is well with your baby’s heart. However, the actual heart itself is a very difficult organ to visualise and can take up to 30 minutes depending upon how the baby is lying in the womb.

Essentially though, we should be able to pick up major heart problems in over 60% of cases at 14 weeks, 85% at 18 weeks and 90%+ at 23 weeks. Each individual examination is tailored to your needs. For example, if due to a thickened nuchal measurement of 3.5 mm, your baby has a 1 in 30 chance of significant heart problems. Therefore, you may wish to have the cardiac or heart scan at an earlier date to reduce the wait until 23 weeks.





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