Doubts over cervical length screens

A call by sonographers to introduce universal ultrasound screening for short cervix is at odds with new evidence that it is a poor predictor of preterm birth, research shows.

Australian researchers say cervical length screening with ultrasound in mid-pregnancy should be expanded to all women as a means of identifying those at risk of preterm birth.

Writing in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, sonographer Michelle Pedretti and colleagues from the University of WA say screening is already performed in women at increased risk