Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE)



One of the most important challenges in obstetrical sonography is to improve the prenatal detection of congenital heart disease. To accomplish this goal, any strategy should include:

  • Routine screening of the fetal heart in all pregnancies in which emphasis is placed on obtaining sonographic cardiac views
  • Continuing education for sonologists to increase the ability to recognize congenital heart disease

To address these needs, the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD / NIH in conjunction with Wayne State University has successfully developed a novel sonographic method known as Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE), which allows the automatic generation and display of nine standard fetal cardiac views required to diagnose most cardiac defects.

The FINE method considerably simplifies examination of the fetal heart and reduces operator dependency. Since it has been shown to identify a broad spectrum of congenital heart disease with 98% sensitivity, FINE offers a novel clinical solution to bring high quality prenatal screening and diagnosis of congenital heart disease to all pregnant women. The technology has already been licensed and successfully integrated worldwide into several commercially available ultrasound systems, and is known as 5D Heart.

Since the development of FINE, we are now pleased to present the FINE Lecture Series, a free and comprehensive program designed to provide educational content to all sonologists on the FINE method, its features, and practical implementation of FINE in the clinical setting. We sincerely hope that you find this information helpful for you and your patients.

The FINE Lecture Series, its material, and content were developed and prepared by faculty of the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD / NIH in conjunction with Wayne State University.

FINE Lecture Series