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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182487d04
Imaging in Obstetrics: State of the Art

MRI: Is There a Role in Obstetrics?

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

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Abstract

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.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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