Abnormal great artery views
- Major forms of congenital heart disease are fairly common, occurring in about 3/1000 live-births
- About 40% of major congenital heart malformations are only seen in the great artery views. It is therefore important that in cardiac evaluation both the 4-chamber view and the great artery views should be examined
- In a similar fashion to the 4-chamber view evaluation, the great arteries should be analyzed systematically, with reference to their size, position, structure and function
- As with 4-chamber view analysis, the role of the routine sonographer is to recognize an abnormal appearance of the great artery views and ideally try to understand why, or in what way, they look different from normal.
Major fetal cardiac defects