Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in obstetrics. II. Fetal anatomy

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1988 Jan;95(1):38-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1988.tb06478.x.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed in 36 patients at between 10 and 38 weeks gestation to determine the fetal anatomy that could be identified at different gestations. Fetal motion significantly degraded the image quality in the first and second trimesters, but in the final trimester fetal anatomy was clearly demonstrated. T2 weighted sequences showed the fetal brain and lungs to have a high signal intensity. Shorter TR leading to a T1 weighting gave better resolution of the overall anatomy. MRI has revealed the potential for assessment of lung maturity and the growth-retarded fetus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain / embryology
  • Cardiovascular System / embryology
  • Female
  • Fetus / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Lung / embryology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Musculoskeletal System / embryology
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care*