Given that practice variation exists in the frequency and performance of ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in pregnancy, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development hosted a workshop to address indications for ultrasound and MRI in pregnancy, to discuss when and how often these studies should be performed, to consider recommendations for optimizing yield and cost effectiveness, and to identify research opportunities. This article is the executive summary of the workshop.
The evidence for the indications, timing, and clinical usefulness of fetal ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging is reviewed.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, Maryland; Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas.
Corresponding author: Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH, 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 4B03F, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7510; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* For a list of the Fetal Imaging Workshop Invited Participants, see the Appendix.
This article is being published concurrently in the May 2014 issue (Vol. 210, No. 5) of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the May 2014 issue (Vol 33, No. 5) of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services.
Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.