Radiography of stillborn fetuses and infants dying at birth

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1980 Mar;134(3):485-9. doi: 10.2214/ajr.134.3.485.


Twe series of stillborn fetuses and infants dying at birth were radiographed postmortem. Series A was largely unselected; in 18%, radiography showed developmental anomalies of early fetal life. Series B was highly selected; the abnormality rate was 75%. The depicted abnormalities were frequently both severe and diagnostically useful. In many cases the radiologic diagnoses were helpful in family counseling. Radiographic examination in selected cases is recommended, especially when structural abnormalities are evident on external inspection, and specific radiographic techniques are suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / diagnostic imaging
  • Congenital Abnormalities / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Fetal Death / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fetus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiography