Validation of fetal telemedicine as a new obstetric imaging technique
Ultrasound evaluations performed live but at a remote location through a digitally linked system appear to be as accurate as videotape reviews. These telemedicine systems allow remote satellite clinics to interactively use the services of centralized specialists. Ultrasounds of 200 low-risk pregnant women were directed live by a remote specialist and also videotaped for later review by a specialist blinded to the live interpretation. More anatomic features were visualized using telemedicine than videotape analysis. Poor videotape quality resulted in more repeat ultrasounds.
Publication Name: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
First-trimester or second-trimester screening, or both, for Down's syndrome
The First- and Second-Trimester Evaluation of Risk (FASTER) Trial is conducted with the aim of giving direct comparative data on lately available screening approaches to Down's syndrome from a large population followed prospectively. First-trimester combined screening at 11 weeks of gestation is found to be better than second-trimester quadruple screening however at 13 weeks has results similar to second-trimester quadruple screening.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
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