Fetal Brain MRI: Patterned Approach and Review

Yazbek, S.; Grant, P.E.

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Date of Activity Release: Sept. 1, 2015
Date of Activity Expiration: Sept. 1, 2018

Target Audience:
Intended for neuroradiologists and neuroradiology trainees with varying degrees of experience.

Learning Objectives:
Learn how to read fetal brain MRI in a structured approach and be familiar with normal anatomy.

Over the past 2 decades, MR imaging has proved to be an extremely useful adjunctive tool in evaluating the developing fetal brain. We described the importance of being familiar with normal fetal brain anatomy and development for accurate interpretation of fetal brain MR imaging. We then presented a structured approach to reading the study with examples of pathologies. Familiarity with the normal appearance of the brain at different gestational ages reduces the risk of missing subtle abnormalities, for example, polymicrogyria. Evaluation of the ventricles, midline, gyral pattern, signal intensity of the cerebral hemispheres, vessels, spine, and head and neck is essential for a systemic evaluation of fetal brain MR imaging.

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The American Society of Neuroradiology designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Method of Physician Participation:
Each participant will review the corresponding Neurographics article located at Upon completion, each physician will complete and pass a post-test with a score of at least 80% to receive a CME certificate.

The authors have no relevant financial relationships.

The editors of Neurographics have disclosed the following relationships:

First Name Last Name Role Relationship/Interest
Barton  Branstetter  Editor in Chief None, N/A
Adam  Flanders Deputy Editor Royalties, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Robert  Quencer  Consulting Editor None, N/A
Mark  Mullins Associate Editor Non-remunerative position, AUR6
Meng  Law Associate Editor Stockholder, Clinical Imaging
Michele  Johnson Associate Editor Consultant, Boston Scientific, Inc.
Edward  Escott Associate Editor Grant, Atherysys, Inc.; Royalties, Thieme Medical Publishers
Scott  Faro Associate Editor None, N/A
Tina  Poussaint Associate Editor None, N/A
Dheeraj  Ghandi Associate Editor Grant, Arstasis, Axera Inc.; Consultant, Covidien, EV3


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