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Magnetic resonance imaging in fetal medicine: a pictorial review of current and developing indications

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Improvements in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging now permit diagnostic images of the fetus to be obtained. Ultrasound remains vital in all aspects of fetal imaging but MR provides a useful second line imaging test. Its value is best researched in fetal central nervous system disorders but it can be applied in other areas too. This pictorial review shows many of the commonly encountered problems. The pictures have a powerful impact on parental understanding. Future research must involve determination of the prognosis of abnormalities found at MR.

  • prenatal diagnosis
  • magnetic resonance imaging
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