Simms-Stewart, D.; DaCosta, Vernon E.; Fletcher, Horace M.; Reid, Marvin E.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Comparison Between Actual Birthweight, Ultrasonographic Fetal Weight and the Effect of the Level of Experience on the Accuracy of the Measurement
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Supppl. 5
Objective: Analysis of the accuracy of ultrasonographic estimation ot fetal birthwieht by a group of residents at the University Hospital of the West Indies and to test if the level of experience made a difference. Method: This is a prospective study carried out between March 2002 and March 2003. Standard ultrasound fetal biometric assessments were performed for 50 women in labour and between gestational age 37 and 41 weeks. Measurements were taken of the fetal biparietal diameter, abdominal circumference, and femur length to calculate the estimated fetal weight (EFW). Particpants were delivered within three days of ultrasound. The EFW was compared to the actual birth weight. The residents performing each ultrasound were compared and were classified as junior if they were in their second to third postgraduate year and senior if in the fourth to fifth postgraduate year....