Fetal Cardio Cracow


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date of the course:



Friday: 9:30- 18:00
Saturday: 9:00- 17:45

The venue of the course:



Hotel Hilton Garden Inn, ul. Konopnickiej 33



Assoc. Prof. Marcin Wiechec MD, PhD

a specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Agnieszka Nocuń MD, PhD

a specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Assoc. Prof. Jacek Kołcz, MD, PhD,

a specialist in pediatric cardiac surgery

Course program

First day (Friday, 10.05.2019)

9.30. – 10.30. Sequentional segmantal approach and the technique of fetal heart evaluation in B mode in the 2nd and 3rd trimester
10.30. – 11.30. Technique and fetal heart examination basics in Color Doppler, PW Doppler and M mode in the 2nd and 3rd trimester
11.30. – 11.45. Coffee break
11.45. – 12.45. Left heart anomalies (HLHS, CoA, AoS, critical AoS, IAA, single ventricle heart) with the comment of the cardiac surgeon
12.45 – 13.45. Right heart anomalies (TA, EA, PAIVS, PS): diagnostic tips and prognosis with the comment of the cardiac surgeon
13.45. – 14.45. Lunch break
14.45 – 15.15 Septal defects (AVSD, VSD: diagnostic tips and prognosis); with the comment of the cardiac surgeon
15.15 – 16.00 Fetal heart examination in the 1st trimester (gestational age, transabdominaly or transvaginaly, visualization effectiveness, CHD detection effectiveness, patterns of typical anomalies; TR and DV, scanner settings)
16.15. – 17.45 Practical classes
18.00. Presentations of submitted cases. 


Second day (Saturday, 11.05.2019)

9.00. – 10.30. Practical classes
10.45 – 11.45. Conotruncal anomalies (d-TGA, I-TGA, ToF, PA+VSD, DORV, CAT): diagnostic tips and prognosis; with the comment of the cardiac surgeon
11.45. – 12.30 Live fetal heart examination
12.30 – 13.30 Congenital heart defects in chromosomal aberrations and genetic syndromes.
13.30 – 14.15. Lunch break.
14.15 – 14.45. Diagnostic tree in case of suspicious fetal heart.
14.45. – 15.00. Coffee break
15.00. – 15.45. Rare anomalies of fetal heart structure and function.
16.00. – 17.00. Diagnostic web-based Test on the laptops.
17.00. – 17.45. Discussion on the Test results. The most common mistakes.
17.45. Conclusion of the course

If you still have problems with the basics of the heart examination and diagnostics of its typical defects despite undergoing courses in this field or if you are just starting the adventure with fetal sonography then our course is for you. In our opinion, it is reasonable to begin the training in OB/GYN ultrasound from the fetal heart. The form of the course is based upon an advanced, ergonomic examination technique coming from the experiences of the volume ultrasound imaging and the MRI examination. Abnormalities are presented according to their characteristics in order for the participants to skillfully capture them. The course allows understanding of the vast majority of the typical images. The subject of the heart defects is discussed together with an experienced paediatric cardiac surgeon, who also presents the issues of prognosis and treatment possibilities. We care about discussing this matter in a simple and approachable way so as to eliminate the concerns connected with the fetal heart examination. We are focusing much attention on practical classes, which include examinations in the first and the second trimester of pregnancy. An open form of the live examinations helps in understanding of the most effective way to use an ultrasound scanner in examination of the normal and abnormal heart. We present the session of live examinations concerning defects with a cardiac surgeon commentary. Every participant receives a colourful textbook with high resolution images including about 200 pages of key comments.

Participants receive tasks to accomplish. Each examination is verified by the tutors.

Classes are conducted by sonologists: dr. Agnieszka Nocuń and Assoc.Prof. Marcin Wiecheć – clinicians, enthusiasts of ultrasonography and its teaching; and a cardiosurgeon: Assoc. Prof. Jacek Kołcz from Jagiellonian University in Krakow