Heart defects are difficult to find in a fetus. The small size and constant movement in the womb makes it hard to get a good picture from a traditional ultrasound. A new computer software program created at Eastern Virginia Medical School makes it simple for a doctor or ultrasound tech to get six vital views of a baby's heart from one simple 3-D picture.
Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, M.D., Ob-Gyn, says, "So you can press cardiac one and the plane comes out, cardiac two and it takes you to that plane." Dr. Abuhamad says that the program has the potential to save an untold number of lives since heart defects are the number one cause of death during the first year of life and often go undiagnosed.
The new software is expected to be available within a year. GE has licensed it for use in its 3-D and 4-D ultrasound systems.