Advancing fetal brain MRI: targets for the future

Semin Perinatol. 2009 Aug;33(4):289-98. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2009.04.002.


Fetal MRI is becoming an increasingly powerful imaging tool for studying brain development in vivo. Until recently, the application of advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques was limited by motion in the nonsedated fetus. Extensive research efforts currently underway are focusing on the development of dedicated magnetic resonance imaging sequences and sophisticated postprocessing techniques that are revolutionizing our ability to study the healthy and compromised fetus. The ongoing refinement of these magnetic resonance imaging techniques will undoubtedly lead to the development of cornerstone biomarkers that will provide healthcare caregivers with vital, and currently lacking, information upon which to counsel parents effectively, and base rational decisions regarding the timing and type of novel medical and surgical interventions currently on the horizon.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain / embryology*
  • Fetal Development / physiology
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / trends*