Chapter 15

Three-dimensional Virtual Sonographic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Obstetrics

Heron Werner Junior, Lopes Dos Santos and Edward Araujo Junior

Abstract

Advances in image-scanning technology have led to vast improvements in fetal evaluation. Ultrasound is the primary method of fetal assessment because it is patient-friendly, useful, cost effective, and considered to be safe. Three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound can be used as an important tool for diagnostic and prognostic evaluation. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is generally used when ultrasound cannot provide sufficiently high-quality images. It offers high-resolution fetal images with excellent contrast that allow the visualization of internal tissues. 3D MRI can be an important tool in the reconstruction of virtual and physical fetal models.

Total Pages: 227-238 (12)

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