Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE): a novel method for rapid, simple, and automatic examination of the fetal heart

LAMI YEO and ROBERTO ROMERO

Investigators (Dr. Lami Yeo and Dr. Roberto Romero) of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Perinatology Research Branch housed at Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center have recently developed and reported a novel method (Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography, or FINE) to successfully visualize nine standard fetal echocardiography views in normal hearts by applying ‘intelligent navigation’ technology to volume datasets obtained by ultrasound. This advance is important because recommended cardiac views have traditionally been difficult to obtain using ultrasound, due to the complex anatomy of the fetal heart, its motion, and small size. The FINE method can simplify examination of the fetal heart and reduce operator dependency.