Determination of ventricular volumes in human fetal hearts by two-dimensional echocardiography

Am J Cardiol. 1995 Dec 15;76(17):1313-16. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(99)80365-8.


In conclusion, ventricular volume calculation from 2DE is feasible in the human fetus and improves the ability to calculate fetal ventricular size and ejection fraction. The right ventricle is clearly dominant at midgestation, but approaches left ventricular size at term. Calculation of the ventricular output from 2DE volume measurements is an accurate alternative to Doppler measurements.

MeSH terms

  • Echocardiography*
  • Female
  • Fetal Heart / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fetal Heart / physiology*
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Stroke Volume*
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*