What is fetal MRI?

Also known as: fetal magnetic resonance imaging, ultrafast fetal MRI.

Fetal ultrasound remains the primary means of identifying and evaluating fetal disorders during pregnancy. When sonographic results are inconclusive, fetal MRI is increasingly used to enhance evaluation.

A magnetic resonance image (MRI) of a fetus provides detailed images of the unborn baby without causing any harm to either the expectant mother or her baby. The combination of a computer, radio waves and a magnet produces very clear images of fetal body structures, such as the brain, spine, facial structure,  heart, abdomen and limbs. MRI offers significantly more detailed images than fetal ultrasound exams, specifically in the central nervous system, and can provide essential information to support management of affected pregnancies and preparations for birth.

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