|WHAT IS FETOSCOPY|
Fetoscopy is a technology that allows direct visualization of the fetus during pregnancy through small diameter endoscopes. Additionally, more instruments can be used to perform operations within the uterus. Obviously, fetoscopy is not to be used in most pregnancies, but a selected number of pregnancy complications affecting the fetus may benefit of the use of this technique. Fetoscopy can essentially be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
Diagnostic fetoscopy usually has a role in very early stages of pregnancy, when the fetus is still very small and the resolution of ultrasound does not allow for a precise visualization. At this time it may be called embryoscopy, or embryofetoscopy. Fetoscopy permits a high-resolution visualization of the embryo or fetus, and although in a very limited number of cases, it finds indications:
In these cases, fetoscopy may allow a
rapid diagnosis reducing considerably the impact of prolonging pregnancy until ultrasound
is capable to ensure the diagnosis. In later stages of pregnancy, the resolution of
ultrasound confines the usefulness of fetoscopy to exceptional cases.