Abstract

SONOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF SCAPULAR LENGTH AS A VARIABLE FOR ASSESSING FOETAL MATURITY

Author(s): Dr. Kashi Sarkar,

BACKGROUND

Management of normal and high-risk pregnancy depends on foetal gestational age. Ossification of foetal scapula can be evaluated by ultrasound and the length of foetal scapula can be objectively measured. We wanted to study the utility of foetal scapular length as a variable for assessing foetal maturity. METHODS Among 200 consecutive singleton pregnancies referred to the Department of Radiodiagnosis, R G Kar Medical College, Kolkata, a prospective observational cross-sectional study was carried out over a duration of 12 months in the maternal age group of 18 to 35 years. Scapular length of foetus was measured with an ultrasound machine using a convex 5-8 MHz transducer. Analysis of data and its computation was done in MS excel. RESULTS Regression slope of 0.97 and intercept of 2.67 was estimated between gestational age and foetal scapular length with a p value <0.01. CONCLUSIONS Positive correlation was seen in the study between foetal scapular length and its gestational age