Early anatomic evaluation
With ultrasound technology, we can perform a comprehensive evaluation of a fetus's anatomy as early as week 12 to 13 of the pregnancy. The evaluation includes brain, heart, chest, abdominal wall, stomach, kidneys and limbs.
For patients who are at higher risk for fetal abnormalities, the test provides helpful information early in pregnancy. A normal result can offer reassurance. Abnormal results give patients the chance to do follow-up imaging and diagnostic testing, so they can make informed decisions.
An early anatomic evaluation is warranted in the following circumstances:
- Suspected abnormality seen on a routine prenatal ultrasound
- Abnormal results from a cell-free DNA screening (used to check for certain chromosomal disorders)
- A family history of fetal abnormalities
- A prior pregnancy with fetal abnormalities
- Maternal obesity or poorly controlled gestational diabetes
- Exposure to a teratogen (a substance known to cause birth defects)
- Monochorionic twins (identical twins that share a single placenta)
If you're a candidate for early anatomic evaluation, ask your care provider for a referral. To refer a patient for early anatomic evaluation, call the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center.