Call for antenatal cervical length screening

Ultrasound assessment of cervical length could become routine in pregnancy, under a controversial new push to better predict and prevent preterm delivery.

Currently in Australia, only women at high risk of preterm delivery are screened for a prematurely shortened cervix, but new US guidelines have paved the way for a substantial expansion of screening.

The guidelines, under consideration in Australia, suggest routine screening with second-trimester transvaginal ultrasound,