Fetal anatomy revealed with fast MR sequences

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1996 Oct;167(4):905-8. doi: 10.2214/ajr.167.4.8819380.

Abstract

Although all the imaging studies in this pictorial essay were done for maternal rather than fetal indications, fetal anatomy was well visualized. However, when scans are undertaken for fetal indications, fetal motion in between scout views and imaging sequences may make specific image planes difficult to obtain. Of the different techniques described in this review, we preferred the HASTE technique and use it almost exclusively for scanning pregnant patients. The T2-weighting is ideal for delineating fetal organs. Also, the HASTE technique allows images to be obtained in 430 msec, limiting artifacts arising from maternal and fetal motion. MR imaging should play a more important role in evaluating equivocal sonographic cases as fast scanning techniques are more widely used. Obstetric MR imaging no longer will be limited by fetal motion artifacts. When complex anatomy requires definition in a complicated pregnant patient, MR imaging should be considered as a useful adjunct to sonography.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fetus / anatomy & histology*
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging* / methods
  • Pregnancy