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

Sunrise Educational Session: Addressing Clinical Challenges in the Body with MRI: Maternal & Fetal Evaluation

Skill Level: Intermediate

Organizers: Ivan Pedrosa, M.D., Lorenzo Mannelli, M.D., Ph.D., Scott B. Reeder, M.D., Ph.D. & Edwin J.R. van Beek, M.D., Ph.D., M.Ed., FRCR

Thursday 12 May 2016

This course focuses on MRI for evaluation of the fetus and pregnant woman. Emphasis will be made on presenting the practical and technical considerations of performing MRI in pregnant women. Use of MRI and contrast agents during pregnancy will be discussed. Common indications for MRI assessment of the fetus will be presented with emphasis on assessment of non-neurological conditions such as developmental conditions in the chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at radiologists, imaging scientists and MR technologists who wish to review the state-of-art MRI protocols and indications for assessment of non-neurological fetal anomalies.

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

  • Illustrate the practical considerations for performing MRI examinations in pregnant women and the most common indications; and
  • Implement MRI protocols for the assessment of fetal anomalies in the chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities.

Moderators: Kathryn Fowler, Manjiri Dighe
MRI in Pregnancy: Practical Considerations & Indications
Manjiri Dighe1
1University of Washington
Diagnosis of abdominal pain in pregnant patient can be confounded by several factors including nonspecific leukocytosis, displacement of structures by enlarging uterus, difficult abdominal examination and nonspecific nausea and vomiting. Accurate diagnosis is important as delay in diagnosis can be detrimental to both the mother and fetus. MR is the preferred method of imaging the abdomen after ultrasound in pregnant patients due to the lack of ionizing radiation and excellent soft tissue contrast along with the ability to evaluate multiple additional structures due to the large field of view possible.

Fetal Anomalies in the Body
Gabriele Masselli1
1Umberto I Hospital Sapienza University. Rome Italy
MRI has become a useful adjuvant in the evaluation of fetal body abnormalities. Advantages over ultrasound include: Multiplanar capability and large field of view with excellent tissue contrast resolution,  providing a better image of the pathology, increasing confidence in diagnosis facilitating counseling and treatment planning. 

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.