“4D ecography may well be a significant advance in the prenatal diagnosis of congenital cardiopathy”, explained Dr. Juan Luis Alcazar, specialist at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of the University Hospital (University of Navarre).
One of the most recent novelties in ecographic studies has been the application of a fourth dimension, i.e. movement added to three-dimensional reconstruction.
According to Dr. Alc?zar, “the development of the STIC system, carrying out the spatio-temporal correlation of images, adds movement to 3D ecography. In this way, apart from obtaining exclusively anatomic information, structure from a functional perspective is evaluated”.
One of the great advances of this technique is its application to the foetal heart. Concretely, the STIC system enables a 3D reconstruction of the foetal heart in real time and with movement.
This procedure changes the approach to prenatal diagnosis of congenital cardiopathy.
It is one of the most common congenital anomalies of the foetus, although to date it has been difficult to detect in pregnancy.
The foetal heart is a very small organ that moves very fast (120 beats a minute) and thus, its anatomical study is complicated.