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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2001 September;45(3):189-92

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In ute­ro MR imag­ing and man­age­ment of foe­tal hydro­ceph­a­lus and NTDs in the ­third tri­mes­ter

Turgut F. 1, Turgut M. 2, Onur E. 3, Baskaya V. 1

1 Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Aydın Maternity Hospital, Aydın, Turkey;
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey;
3 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey


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Although ultra­sound (US) ­remains the ­gold stan­dard in foe­tal imag­ing, in ute­ro mag­net­ic res­o­nance (MR) imag­ing of the foe­tal ner­vous ­system may be use­ful in the ­late stag­es of preg­nan­cy. The ­authors per­formed MR scan­ning in preg­nant wom­en in ­whose foe­tus­es US exam­ina­tion had ­shown hydro­ceph­a­lus and neu­ral ­tube ­defects (NTDs). These cas­es are def­i­nite­ly diag­nosed as “hope­less” at ­such a ­late ­stage. In ­this ­report, ­three preg­nant ­patients are pre­sent­ed to illus­trate the mor­pho­log­i­cal imag­ing fea­tures, and ­their out­come is dis­cussed. This ­report is an exam­ple of how radio­log­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tions can be ­most val­u­able, ­when US and MR imag­ing are ­used as com­ple­men­tary in imag­ing of the foe­tus­es.

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