- A technique for looking directly at the fetus within the uterus (using a fetoscope).
* * *Use of a fiberoptic endoscope to view the fetus and the fetal surface of the placenta transabdominally, and also for collection of fetal blood from the umbilical vein for antenatal diagnosis of fetal disorders.
* * *fe·tos·co·py or chiefly Brit foe·tos·co·py fēt-'äs-kə-pē n, pl -pies examination of the pregnant uterus by means of a fiber-optic tube
* * *n.the inspection of a fetus before birth by passing a special fibreoptic instrument known as a fetoscope through the abdomen of a pregnant woman into her uterus. Fetoscopy, usually performed in the 18th-20th week of gestation, allows the inspection of the fetus for visible abnormalities and blood sampling by inserting a hollow needle under direct vision into a placental blood vessel. The blood can then be examined for abnormalities and hence the prenatal diagnosis of blood disorders (such as thalassaemia, haemophilia, and sickle-cell disease) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
* * *fe·tos·co·py (fe-tosґkə-pe) viewing of the fetus in utero by means of the fetoscope. fetoscopic adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.