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The Lifeline Hospital

Department of Fetal Medicine

The Fetal Medicine Department at the Lifeline Hospital is an integral component of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is committed to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for conditions affecting the fetus.

This department is mainly involved in using various diagnostic procedures to determine the health of the unborn child. The department specializes in diagnosis, comprehensive management and counseling, especially when pregnancies are complicated due to fetal abnormalities. The experienced faculty provide a full range of ultrasound services, including ante-partum scans in the first, second and third trimesters, Down syndrome screening, Fetal ECHO, 3D/4D ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided procedures. Scheduled prenatal diagnostic consultation and targeted ultrasound examinations are available through the division six days a week. Invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed here.

Anomaly-Scan

Why Fetal Medicine Department?

  • Centre where fetal anomalies can be diagnosed early and accurately
  • To counsel the parents adequately and accurately, such that appropriate decisions can be made during pregnancy
  • To co-ordinate with the primary care physician/obstetrician to facilitate best results Spread awareness of fetal and neonatal care
  • To have a Centre of Excellence for the continuum of Initial evaluation by a Fetal Medicine Specialist and review of previous reports.
  • There may be a possibility of review after 2-6 weeks or as required Multidisciplinary Team Approach: Having established a diagnosis, the parents will be scheduled a joint appointment with the Foetal Medicine Specialist and a relevant consultant, e.g., Neonatologist, Paediatric surgeon/urologist or Paediatric neurologist/cardiologist for counselling regarding their various options available, with a fair idea of the survival rates in each situation
  • Ultrasound scan and counselling regarding the diagnosis Invasive testing as required (Chorionic villous sampling / amniocentesis)
  • In those cases where the parents opt for termination of pregnancy, they are advised to either contact their obstetrician or schedule the same in our hospital.
  • In either case, attempts may be made to acquire the products of conception for research purposes
  • Postnatal review for a complete discussion regarding the case, i.e. recurrence risks and planning for future pregnancy

The Department offers:

Ultrasonography to access fetal structural abnormalities and fetal health

Fetal Echocardiography (Detailed examination of fetal heart)

Heart diseases in babies are commoner than thought; about 5 % of all pregnancies have a baby with heart defects and 1 % of all live births have heart defects. Foetal echocardiography (Foetal echo) is the detailed evaluation of the heart of the foetus to check for any abnormalities so that decisions can be taken during the pregnancy in the best interest of the foetus.

3D & 4D Ultrasound

3D scans show still pictures of your baby in three dimensions. 4D scans show moving 3D images of your baby, with time being the fourth dimension. In Lifeline if our doctors prefer 3D and 4D ultrasounds because they can show certain birth defects, such as cleft palate, that might not show up on a standard ultrasound.

Invasive Procedures

Prominent Equipment

GE VOLUSON E10 with Matrix Probe
GE VOLUSON E8

Working hours

Monday to Saturday : 9am – 5 pm


All scans are planned in advance by your doctor and you are advised to fix an appointment according to your scan dates

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Our Doctors

Dr. Anusmitha Mathews

Consultant in Fetal Medicine

9 am – 5 pm on Monday to Saturday

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Dr. Anusmitha Mathews

Fetal Medicine

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