The Performance of First-Trimester Anatomy Scan: A Decision Analysis

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  • Introduction First-trimester ultrasound (US) for anatomy assessment may improve anomaly detection, but it may also increase overall US utilization. We sought to assess the utility of first-trimester US for evaluation of fetal anatomy. Materials and Methods A decision analytic model was created to compare first- plus second-trimester anatomy scans to second-trimester scan alone in four populations: general, normal weight women, obese women, and diabetics. Probability estimates were obtained from the literature. Outcomes considered were number of: major structural anomalies detected, US performed, and false-positive US. Multivariable sensitivity analyses were performed to evaluate the consistency of the model with varying assumptions. Results A strategy of first- plus second-trimester US detected the highest number of anomalies but required more US examinations per anomaly detected. The addition of a first-trimester anatomy US was associated with a small increase in the false-positive US (< 10/10,000). In populations with higher anomaly prevalence and lower second-trimester US sensitivity (i.e., diabetes, obesity), the number of additional US performed per anomaly detected with the first-trimester US was < 60. Discussion In high-risk populations, a first-trimester US in addition to a second-trimester US may be a beneficial approach to detecting anomalies.
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    Author List

  • Harper LM; Wood SL; Jenkins SM; Owen J; Biggio JR
  • Start Page

  • 957
  • End Page

  • 965
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 10