Magnetic resonance imaging of the fetus
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
© The Authors. Journal compilation © Mac Keith Press 2010
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 18–28, January 2011
How to Cite
JOKHI, R. P. and WHITBY, E. H. (2011), Magnetic resonance imaging of the fetus. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 53: 18–28. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2010.03813.x
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
- PUBLICATION DATA Accepted for publication 4th August 2010. Published online 18 November 2010.
Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become established as part of clinical practice in many centres worldwide especially when visualization of the central nervous system pathology is required. In this review we summarize the recent literature and provide an overview of fetal development and the commonly encountered fetal pathologies visualized with MRI and illustrated with numerous MR images. We aim to convey the role of fetal MRI in clinical practice and its value as an additional investigation alongside ultrasound yet emphasize the need for caution when interpreting fetal MR images especially where experience is limited.