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.

Before treatment begins at Colorado Fetal Care Center, in-depth fetal diagnostics are used to address any concerns an expectant mother or referring provider may have. Based on the specific needs presented by mom and baby, our team of fetal specialists will work together to choose the appropriate diagnostic tests and schedule consultations with expert professionals.

Our fetal care specialist team includes:

  • Pediatric and fetal surgeons
  • Maternal fetal medicine specialists
  • Fetal and obstetric anesthesiologists
  • Level III obstetrical nurses
  • A dedicated operating room fetal nursing team

Together, our team performs a full range of fetal diagnostics to address prenatal concerns and anomalies. Our fetal care team takes full advantage of their dedicated fetal clinic equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and surgical resources. The clinic is specifically designed to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and best possible outcomes.

Fetal diagnostic tests offered at Colorado Fetal Care Center

A doctor performs a fetal ultrasound on an expecting mother.

A 2-D ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a probe placed over a pregnant woman's uterus to obtain an image of the fetus. This probe bounces sound waves off the fetus to create an image, which specialists then use to detect fetal congenital anomalies. Ultrasounds also allow fetal care providers to evaluate the uterine environment, determine fluid levels and more. This test can be performed simultaneously with MRI to obtain different perspectives of the fetus, but is generally used for initial assessment and for continuing assessment throughout the pregnancy.

A woman performs a fetal echocardiography on an expecting mother.

A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound used to show the structure of an unborn baby's heart. These images provide valuable information on the growth and development of the baby's heart and blood vessels. Using this test, fetal cardiology specialists may be 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 test that utilizes magnet technology to create a fetal image. This test can be used in conjunction with an ultrasound to obtain different perspectives of the fetus and its environment. MRI results can also provide a detailed image of fetal brain anatomy.

Amniocentesis is a test designed to assess chromosomes and karyotypes of a fetus. This procedure involves needle aspiration of amniotic fluid from the uterus using ultrasound guidance. Testing the aspirated fluid can help fetal specialists determine if there is a genetic disorder or other anomaly affecting the unborn baby.

Fetal fluid drainage is a test used to assess the character of fluid in a fetal body cavity, such as the bladder or chest. This procedure involves needle aspiration of fluid from a fetal body cavity under ultrasound guidance. Testing fetal fluid can tell the fetal care team what condition or difficulty a fetus may be experiencing.