High resolution real time ultrasonography in antenatal diagnosis of skeletal anomalies

Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 1996;54(4):226-9.


Two protocols were used for the ultrasonographic antenatal diagnosis of skeletal anomalies. The first was less selective and was used in pregnancies with a low risk of skeletal malformations. The second was applied to higher risk pregnancies. Both involved several ultrasound examinations, according to the patient's past medical history. In the period 1988 to 1993, 740 pregnant women in whom fetal malformations were suspected underwent serial ultrasound scanning. In 56 (7.5%), a skeletal anomaly was identified. The use of two protocols offers wide applicability and acceptable reliability in screening congenital skeletal problems in the fetus.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone and Bones / abnormalities*
  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal* / methods