How accurate is fetal biometry in the assessment of fetal age?

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The purpose of the study was to assess the accuracy of fetal biometry in the midtrimester of pregnancy in the assignment of fetal age.


A total of 152 singleton, 67 twin, and 19 triplet gestations resulting from in vitro fertilization with ultrasonographic fetal biometry from 14 to 22 weeks made up the study population. A gestational age prediction Equation wasderived from singletons with the use of stepwise linear regression. This Equation wascompared with 38 previously published equations and then applied to the twin and triplet populations.


Head circumference was the best predictor of gestational age (random error [SD] 3.77 days). Addition of abdominal circumference and femur length to head circumference improved the accuracy of the dating equation (random error 3.35 days). Most dating formulas had systematic errors of < 1 week. The systematic error was -0.32 day for averaging the singleton-based predictions for twins and -1.26 days for triplets.


Gestational age assessment with the use of fetal biometry from 14 to 22 weeks is accurate for singleton, twin, and triplet gestations. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1998;178:678-87.)

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