Fetal magnetic resonance imaging of the central nervous system

Thierry A G M Huisman, Josef Wisser, Ernst Martin, Rahel Kubik-Huch, Borut Marincek

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Prenatal ultrasonography is the primary screening modality for the evaluation of fetal pathology. Ultrafast fetal MRI is a recent development that examines the fetus in utero. The short acquisition times (as short as 400 ms/slice) allow to picture freeze the fetus without the need for fetal sedation. The high spatial resolution, good contrast-to-noise ratio, and the multiplanar capabilities are especially advantageous in pathologies of the fetal central nervous system (CNS). Fetal MRI currently serves as a second-line imaging tool for complex fetal cerebral malformations and pathologies. Fetal ventriculomegaly, lesions within the posterior fossa, and abnormalities in cerebral myelination, migration, and sulcation are particularly well identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1952-1961
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain malformation
  • Brain pathology
  • Fetal MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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