The world’s first pregnancy scan using twin growth charts was performed at St George’s Hospital in South London, during Twins, Triplets and More Week.
The pioneering twin growth charts technology means twins can be accurately measured in the womb so health professionals can know immediately whether the babies are growing healthily.
The £25,000 research project to develop the growth charts was funded by parents with multiple births and supporters through a fundraising appeal by Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association).
Through this research, hundreds more babies could be saved, where previously growth issues were either misdiagnosed or missed.
Consultant Obstetrician and Leading Multiple Births Expert at St George’s, Dr Asma Khalil, said: “The difficulty with this was identifying the difference between babies which were truly small because they were not developing properly versus twins who are normally small. This problem was amplified because the only data available to measure the babies was based on singleton pregnancies only.
“The launch of the twin growth charts is a significant landmark in medical history.”
The growth charts have been made through later versions of GE Viewpoint and Astraia software.
Tamba CEO, Keith Reed, said: “The fact Tamba and St George’s is part of a world first is extremely exciting for our supporters and expectant twin families.
“We hope hospitals across the UK will share our enthusiasm and begin using the twin growth charts as soon as possible.
“This is an extremely important day in maternal fetal medicine and we’re excited to see many more thriving, happy, healthy twin babies in years to come.”
The Twins, Triplets and More Week is taking place at St George’s Hospital from Monday 3 July to Sunday 9 July 2017.
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