Doctors Use 3-D Ultrasound to Detect Unborn Baby’s Heart Defect, Save Her Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2014   |   1:44PM   |   Washington, DC

Doctors in Florida are using a high-tech method of detecting problems in unborn children and correcting them as soon as possible. While we often focus on heart disease in adults — sometimes the tiniest of hearts have problems. Now, doctors are diagnosing problems even before some babies are born.

addisonWhen mother Tina Morton got a 20-week ultrasound, her unborn child was diagnosed with a complex heart defect. Tina turned to the specialists at a Florida hospital who monitored the baby with advanced cardiac imaging. Starting with echocardiography, ultrasound creates two-dimensional images of the heart. Doctors also use CT scans and MRIs to learn even more.

Within days of her birth, baby Addison underwent surgery and faces at least one more medical procedure down the road. Her mother Tina says there is no doubt that early detection in the womb with ultrasound saved her daughter’s life.

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