Fetal Heart Screening Protocol Manual

Fetal Heart Screening Protocol Manual


Fetal Heart Screening Protocol Manual


Fetal Heart Screening Protocol Manual

Upon completion of this enduring material, you should be able to accomplish the following:

  1. List the indications and purpose for performing a fetal heart ultrasound screening examination.
  2. Identify ultrasound anatomy and physiology of the fetal heart.
  3. Demonstrate a routine protocol for fetal heart screening, including the four chamber axis view, LVOT view, RVOT view, the three vessels and trachea view, and the sagittal views of the great vessels.
  4. Obtain and measure a routine fetal heart rate and rhythm.


This enduring material is designed to increase the participants' knowledge of imaging views and fetal heart anatomy and physiology for the screening examination of the fetal heart during the routine OB second trimester exam as outlined in the updated AIUM practice guidelines. The manual includes examination protocols to include determination of situs, four chamber view, left and right ventricular outflow tract views, three-vessel and trachea view.

Date of Original Release: 7/21/2014

Reviewed for content accuracy: 7/21/2017
Reviewed by:
Gulfcoast Ultrasound CME Committee

This edition valid for credit through: 7/21/2020

Digital Protocol Manual

Spiral Bound Protocol Manual

ISBN: 978-1-940954-16-5

Product Code: FE2


  1. Instrumentation, Indications, and Purpose
  2. The Basic Fetal Screening Exam
  3. I Determine Situs
  4. II 4 Chamber View
  5. III LVOT (Left Ventricular Outflow Tract)
  6. IV RVOT (Right Ventricular Outflow Tract)
  7. V The Three Vessels and Trachea View
  8. VI Sagittal Views of the Great Vessels
  9. Fetal Heart Rate and Rhythm 
  10. References
  11. Live protocol video demonstration


Sonographers, physicians, PAs and other medical professionals involved with performing and interpreting fetal heart screening ultrasound exams. Physicians may include (but are not limited to) those involved with: OB-GYN, family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine and radiology.


GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Jill Beithon  RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Staff Sonographer.
Sanford Health.
Fargo, ND.

No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty & Content Disclosures...
Faculty Disclosure
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc. adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of CME. Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
Milwaukee, WI
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director/planner, Content Reviewer, QI Task Force)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Disclosure of Commercial Support
There was no commercial support involved in the planning, development/implementation of this activity.

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The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation.


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