The paper, by lead authors Jackie Adams, MD and Vivek Gupta, MD, evaluated the association of the duration of the detailed fetal anatomic ultrasound examination with maternal body mass. Katie Antony, MD, was PI on the study; MFM Division Director Igor Iruretagoyena, MD and Kara Hoppe, DO also co-authored the study.
“Detailed Fetal Anatomic Ultrasound Examination Duration and Association With Body Mass Index” was a retrospective chart review study of patients who visited the Center for Perinatal Care over several years for detailed fetal anatomic examinations. Length of appointments was compared across BMI:
“We found that the duration of detailed fetal anatomic examinations increased with BMI. Examinations for gravid patients with class III obesity lasted 8.9 minutes longer than those for gravid patients with normal BMIs; examinations for gravid patients with BMIs of 50 or higher lasted 13.5 minutes longer. This information may be useful for fetal ultrasound examination scheduling.”
You can read the whole study here. Congratulations, Dr. Adams and the MFM team!