Analysis of biparietal diameter as an accurate indicator of gestational age

Alfred B. Kurtz, Ronald J. Wapner, Robert J. Kurtz, D. David Dershaw, Carl S. Rubin, Catherine Cole‐Beuglet, Barry B. Goldberg

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To date, there have been 25 studies attempting to correlate biparietal diameter and gestational age; of these, 17 meet specific criteria and thus are included in this evaluation. Although all studies have shown an increase in biparietal diameter with advancing gestational age, between 17 wk and term there is a discrepancy of approximately 3 wk. In this evaluation the charts are compared and the variations analyzed. An ideal table is constructed by combining the mean gestational age, calculated from a statistical analysis, and the variation at each millimeter point, determined by comparison of all the studies. It is hoped that this new 90% composite table, which consists of a range of gestational ages in weeks for each biparietal diameter, will not only provide more realistic indications of fetal age but also will serve as a reminder to sonographers, obstetricians, and patients of the relative accuracy and variations of biparietal diameter measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1980


  • Biparietal diameter
  • Gestational age
  • Obstetrics
  • Ultrasound


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