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MRI: Is There a Role in Obstetrics?

HIBBELN, JOHN F. MD; SHORS, STEPHANIE M. MD; BYRD, SHARON E. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: March 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 1 - p 352–366
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182487d04
Imaging in Obstetrics: State of the Art

Magnetic resonance imaging has a complementary role in obstetrical imaging to ultrasound (US). Although US has advantages as an initial imaging technique, there are significant numbers of patients who cannot be adequately evaluated for a variety of reasons including calvarial calcification, oligoanhydramnios, or simply obesity. MR can provide additional information that cannot be obtained by US and is invaluable in central nervous system anomaly evaluation, airway management, and planning for postnatal intervention. Newer techniques established in the postnatal population such as spectroscopy, diffusion-weighted imaging, and functional imaging have future applications in the fetus.

Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, 1635 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60612

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: John F. Hibbeln, MD, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. E-mail: john_hibbeln@rush.edu.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.