Thierry A.G.M Huisman and Andrea Poretti
Section of Pediatric Neuroradiology, Division of Pediatric Radiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USASummary
In recent years, significant and continuous development of fetal MR imaging has revolutionized prenatal diagnosis of congenital and acquired brain abnormalities. Procedures that were once time-consuming and placed the mother and fetus at some risk have been made safer and more convenient thanks to developments such as ultrafast MR sequences, which are capable of producing high-resolution anatomic and functional images of the fetus. Furthermore, when ultrasonography (US) — still the primary imaging modality for studying the fetal brain — cannot provide a sufficiently detailed evaluation, fetal brain MRI has emerged as a crucial tool for confirming, correcting, and completing diagnoses made via US of complex pathologies in the fetal CNS. In this edition, 5 authors discuss their research.
- Catherine Limperopoulos – Prevalence and Spectrum of In Utero Structural Brain Abnormalities in Fetuses with Complex Congenital Heart Disease
- Cristina Mignone – Diffusion-Weighted Imaging of the Cerebellum in the Fetus with Chiari II Malformation
- Arastoo Vossough – Correlation of Prenatal and Postnatal MRI Findings in Schizencephaly
- Orit Glenn – Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: An MR Imaging Analysis of Associated Abnormalities in the Fetus
- Vanessa Berger-Kulemann – MR Spectroscopy of the Fetal Brain — Is it Possible Without Sedation?