By Deborah Levine

The one textual content to supply in-depth illustrations of the conventional and irregular fetal anatomy on MR imaging, this advisor contains chapters highlighting the state-of-the-science within the imaging of the fetal cranium, face, neck, frightened process, chest, stomach, and musculoskeletal process. Discussing functions on the vanguard of the self-discipline, this reference stories information gleaned from MR examinations of maternal and fetal future health, reports universal quick imaging concepts, info pitfalls regarding fetal MR imaging, and analyzes equipment for bettering picture answer.

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This should not be considered as an abnormal finding, as long as the overall contour and size of the ventricles appears normal, especially during the first two trimesters (Fig. 4). CAVUM OF THE SEPTUM PELLUCIDUM AND CAVUM VERGAE The cavum of the septum pellucidum should always be observed after 20 weeks (Figs. 6). 14 Normal anatomy on coronal T2-weighted image at 38 weeks gestational age. With maturation there has been further reduction in contrast between the gray and white matter and the cerebrospinal fluid spaces are less conspicuous.

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9 Mild ventriculomegaly with enlarged cisterna magna and normal cerebellum at 20 weeks gestational age. Sagittal (a), axial (b), and coronal (c) T2-weighted images show mild ventriculomegaly, which is stable at 29 weeks gestational age on sagittal (d) and axial views (e and f ). The cisterna magna is enlarged (arrows); however, the cerebellum appears normal. Note the normal cortical development at 29 weeks. DISORDERS OF DORSAL NEURAL TUBE DEVELOPMENT The CNS develops from the embryonic ectoderm termed the neural plate.

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