Fetal Medicine Program – An Alliance with Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Learning your unborn baby has a birth defect can turn a time of joy into a time of uncertainty. Know that you are not alone. The Fetal Medicine Program, now part of an alliance with Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with its Center for Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment (CFDT), is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we offer expert diagnostics at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Mount Sinai is bringing the children of New York the leading expertise of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since 1995, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has cared for more than 20,000 expectant parents from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Its team has performed more fetal surgeries than any other program, with pediatric and fetal surgeons who are recognized worldwide for their skill and excellent outcomes.
From the moment you contact the Fetal Medicine Program at Mount Sinai our team works together to help you make the best decisions and follow the course that’s right for you. We tailor care for each family’s situation and are committed to providing the best outcome for both mother and baby.
Answers in One Day, in One Place
Your visit to the Fetal Medicine Program is planned so that everything takes place in a single day. We are sensitive to the anxiety you may be feeling and want you to get the information you need as quickly as possible. We can help with arrangements and accommodations.
When you arrive at the Fetal Medicine Suite, our nurse coordinators will greet you, review your full medical history and outline the plan for the day, which may include a tour of our facilities. Your tests will be performed, reviewed, and discussed with you by a multidisciplinary team of experts by the end of the day.
Since accurate diagnosis is essential to planning treatment, we will perform advanced diagnostic tests to confirm your baby’s suspected condition.
Our expert team uses highly specialized imaging equipment and best-in-class imaging protocols developed by world leaders at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment. These standards ensure that the best images possible are obtained during each stage of pregnancy, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of fetal anomalies.
All diagnostic testing will be performed at Mount Sinai. These images will be read by specialized fetal radiologists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in coordination with the Mount Sinai Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists using televideo medicine.
Diagnostic tests may include:
- Ultrasound — A specially trained Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia fetal sonographer will be on site in the Mount Sinai Fetal Medicine Program suite. Detailed high-resolution fetal ultrasound images, both 3-D and 4-D, will be electronically sent to the fetal radiologists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for immediate interpretation.
- Fetal echocardiogram — Specially trained pediatric cardiologists and dedicated sonographers at the Mount Sinai Fetal Heart Program perform more than 2,400 of these noninvasive studies each year to assess the structure and function of the fetal heart. These cardiac images can be sent electronically to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Fetal Heart Program for additional consultation as needed.
- Ultrafast fetal MRI — This imaging technique, pioneered at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, may include 3-D MRI reconstruction. This test requires no sedation of the mother or fetus.
An alliance with Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia means that you will have access to expertise from two leading institutions. We work together, and with your family, to tailor care for your family’s unique situation and are committed to providing the best outcome for both mother and baby.
Imaging results will be available within hours, and depending upon the diagnosis, you will meet with members the team, including:
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialist
- Pediatric surgical or medical subspecialist with expertise in your baby’s diagnosis
- Nurse coordinator
- The care team may also include pediatric subspecialists from plastic surgery, urology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, or other disciplines.
The team will explain the findings in detail, answer all of your questions, and outline treatment options, making sure you have all the information about your pregnancy you need to make the best decision for your family. Additionally, you will be provided specific education materials about the diagnosis.
Mount Sinai-Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Fetal Medicine Program
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