We hope you find the following resources useful and of interest. We’re adding new resources all the time and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, friends and funders, all these resources are free for health professionals to use.
We’ve been training in all five views of the fetal heart for many years, so all relevant resources include the three vessel and trachea view.
We have produced six short training videos – fetal anomaly training guides – aimed at helping sonographers detect a series of CHDs. These videos include experts talking about these conditions and tips to spot them during the 20 week screening; scan clips of the conditions; and animations detailing the difference between the normal heart and these conditions.
- Introduction: Early Detection of Fetal Heart Abnormalities
- How a fetal heart develops
- Transposition of the Great Arteries
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Scanning planes poster
Our poster showing the five scanning planes of the fetal heart is displayed on the walls of scanning rooms across the UK. Download the latest version here.
Our downloadable list of common structural congenital heart defects and possible abbreviations / alternative – click here for the PDF list.
New diagnosis booklet for parents
Our booklet is designed to be given to parents-to-be who have received the news that their baby may have / has a congenital heart defect. The booklet does not offer medical advice – it is written from the perspective of other parents and offers experiences, tips and suggestions to help support parents-to-be at an incredibly difficult time. Order now.
Hospital guide booklet for parents
This booklet is designed to be given to parents or parents-to-be who are likely to be faced with their baby spending time in hospital and undergoing either open heart surgery or other interventions. The booklet does not offer medical advice – it is written from the perspective of other parents and offers experience, tips and suggestions to help support parents through the traumatic process. It explains what is likely to happen during their stay in hospital, and familiarises parents with medical professionals and their roles. Order now.
Detection rate data
The National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) collates data relating to antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects. Currently, their data set is limited to patients treated by surgery or intervention in the first year of life – meaning it is not an overall antenatal detection rate as it doesn’t include terminations; deaths during pregnancy or peri-natal deaths; conditions that don’t require treatment in the first 12 months; cases detected post-12 months; or instances where intervention is decided against due to the complexity of the patient’s condition(s).
However, this is the best data available at this time, and provides a strong indication of antenatal rates in our nations and regions. The full data is available at http://nicor4.nicor.org.uk/CHD/an_paeds.nsf/vwContent/Antenatal%20Diagnosis?Opendocument.
National detection rates
|GB & Ireland (overall)||36.1%||40.3%||42.2%||45.7%|
New Resources Under Development
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