MRI in obstetrics: a supplementary method for ultrasonography

Ann Med. 1996 Apr;28(2):131-6. doi: 10.3109/07853899609092937.


The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a complementary diagnostic method was evaluated in a group of 36 complicated pregnancies during the last trimester. Most of the examinations were carried out by two specific MRI sequences, the T1-weighted gradient echo FLASH sequence (TR 120, TE 12) and the T2-weighted fast-spin echo sequence (TR 2000, TE 90). Information additional to that obtained by ultrasonic diagnosis was obtained by MRI in 16 of the 25 cases of foetal malformation and in 5 of the 11 cases with other obstetric problems. Foetal curarization was not necessary in most of the cases. A good MRI technique, for selected obstetric problems and when used in combination with detailed antepartal ultrasonic examinations, can give useful diagnostic information to an obstetrician.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Obstetrics / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / methods*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal