Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Fetal Care Center
Colorado Fetal Care Center

Fetal Diagnostic Tests

A doctor wearing green scrubs looks at an image on a large screen.

Our fetal care specialist team, includes pediatric and fetal surgeons, maternal fetal medicine specialists, fetal and obstetric anesthesiologists, Level III obstetrical nurses and a dedicated operating room fetal nursing team who, together, perform the full range of procedures to address fetal anomalies. The team has a dedicated facility equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and fetal surgery resources. It is specifically designed and built for performing fetoscopic surgery, open fetal surgery and EXIT procedures.

The Colorado Fetal Care Center offers the full spectrum of diagnostics, multi-disciplinary consultation and maternal-fetal interventions. Your baby’s condition and diagnosis will guide our plan for the appropriate diagnostic tests and consults to achieve your and your family’s expectations and help facilitate an optimal outcome.

Fetal diagnostic tests offered at the Colorado Fetal Care Center include:

A doctor performs a fetal ultrasound on an expecting mother.

The 2-D Ultrasound is a non-invasive evaluative test. A probe is placed over the pregnant woman's abdomen/uterus. This probe bounces sound waves off of the fetus to create an image. Ultrasound is utilized to detect fetal congenital anomalies and evaluate the uterine environment, for example, fluid calculations. This test is utilized simultaneously with MRI to obtain different perspectives. Ultrasound will be utilized in the initial assessment and throughout the pregnancy.

A woman performs a fetal echocardiography on an expecting mother.

A fetal echocardiogram is a safe ultrasound study performed on a pregnant mother's abdomen to show the structure of an unborn baby's heart. It provides valuable information on the growth and development of the baby's heart and blood vessels.

Using this test, doctors specialized in fetal cardiology are able to diagnose a baby's structural heart problems and heart rhythm problems before birth.

A woman performs an MRI on an expecting mother.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive evaluative test. This test utilizes magnet technology to create a fetal image. This test is utilized simultaneously with ultrasound to obtain different perspectives. The MRI provides a detailed image of brain anatomy.

Amniocentesis is an invasive test to assess chromosomes/karyotype. This procedure involves needle aspiration of amniotic fluid from the uterus under ultrasound guidance.

Fetal Fluid Drainage is an invasive test to assess character of fluid in a fetal body cavity, for example, the bladder or the thorax. This procedure involves needle aspiration of fluid from a fetal body cavity under ultrasound guidance.