Fetal cardiology has developed dramatically into a subspecialty in the past 25 years. The majority of people examining the fetal heart are not 'experts' in fetal cardiology and therefore find interpreting images, particularly in case of abnormality, rather difficult. This book is designed as a practical guide, to be kept near the ultrasound machine, for all those performing fetal heart scans, but without the expertise of a fetal cardiologist. The aim is to allow the user to recognize the common forms of fetal cardiac abnormality and to appreciate the associated lesions and outcome. The book has a large number of illustrations to enable the reader to visualize the different types of problem and the various forms in which they may manifest.
There are relatively few books published in the field of fetal cardiology. Whilst there is a place for large textbooks covering all aspects of fetal cardiology in detail, most people performing the fetal heart scan need an idiot's guide about the normal fetal heart and the common things that go wrong with it. This book is aimed at all sonographers, obstetricians and radiologists performing obstetric ultrasound scans and at paediatric cardiologists, both at consultant and trainee level. Thus, this book should fulfill this unmet need in the market, although it is not designed as a comprehensive reference textbook in fetal cardiology.
By Gurleen Sharland BSc MD FRCP Reader/Consultant in Fetal Cardiology, Fetal Cardiology Unit, Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK