The role of MRI in the evaluation of the fetal brain with an emphasis on biometry, gyration and parenchyma

Pediatr Radiol. 2004 Sep;34(9):694-9. doi: 10.1007/s00247-004-1249-x. Epub 2004 Jul 28.


The aim of this review is to emphasize the role of fetal MR in the evaluation of the supratentorial space. The advantages of MRI compared to US are stressed in three fields of application: cerebral biometry, sulcation and cerebral parenchyma. In each field, normal data are displayed and MR applications with patterns of the main pathologies are briefly described.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biometry*
  • Brain / abnormalities*
  • Brain / embryology*
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Fetus / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / methods*