ISMRM 24th Annual Meeting & Exhibition 07-13 May 2016 Singapore

Educational Session: Fetal & Placental MRI

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Organizer: Michael S. Hansen, Ph.D. & Guoying Liu, Ph.D.

Tuesday 10 May 2016

This educational session focuses on placental function and fetal development as assessed by MRI.

Target Audience
Researchers and clinicians who are interested in learning about the current capabilities of various MRI techniques for the assessment of placental structure, function, and fetal development in real time.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define key elements of human placental structure and function, and key measures of fetal developments that can be assessed by advanced MRI methods;
  • List a host of measures desired for the assessment of placental and fetal development including anatomy and tissue structure, utero-placental perfusion, tissue and cellular metabolism, immunology and inflammation;
  • List the current MRI and non-MRI methods for assessing placental and fetal development, and placental function in vivo, and their limitations;
  • Understand the importance and contributions of placental and fetal development to long term health and maternal-placental syndromes, conditions due to placental and fetal abnomalities; and
  • Describe the latest technical advances in placental and fetal MRI and discuss the current limitations in the technique.

Moderators: T.B.A.
State of the Art Clinical Fetal MRI
Teresa Victoria
Advanced Fetal Brain Imaging
P. Ellen Grant1
1Boston Children's Hospital
Fetal Cardiovascular MRI
Chris Macgowan1
1Hospital for Sick Children / University of Toronto, ON, Canada
MRI is an appealing technology for fetal cardiovascular assessment because it can visualize both cardiac and vascular anatomy, it can quantify flow through the complex fetal circulation, and it is also sensitive to the oxygen saturation of blood. In this presentation, I provide an overview of MRI methods able to quantify fetal cardiovascular function, and describe our initial experience using these methods to study healthy and at-risk pregnancies.

Penny Gowland1
1University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Adjournment & Meet the Teachers

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.