What Are the Limitations of Fetal Structural Scans?

    Approximately 70 - 80% of major congenital defects can be identified through Fetal Structural Scan

    Though congenital defects are not always detected during routine scans, approximately 70 - 80% of major congenital defects can be identified.

    Accurate detection of abnormalities can depend on various factors, including:

    • Severity and nature of the abnormality
    • Optimal fetal position when scanning
    • State of the woman’s lower abdomen, including thickness of skin and scarring from previous surgeries
    • Quality of the ultrasound machine
    • Experience level of medical personnel conducting the scan

    Are fetal structural scans safe?

    Yes. To date, there is no scientific evidence to show that in-utero exposure of antenatal ultrasound is associated with biological defects.

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