The obstetrical applications of magnetic resonance imaging have increased in recent years owing to advances in safety and technology. MRI is now available for the evaluation of a fetus after the detection or suspicion of abnormalities by another imaging method. Early prenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormalities or malformations influences parental counseling, pregnancy management, and neonatal treatment. MRI during pregnancy is safe for the mother and fetus, and it offers many advantages over other imaging methods. Although ultrasound remains the primary imaging tool for prenatal evaluations, MRI is an important complementary tool for the assessment of many organ systems because it can confirm suspected anomalies or detect abnormalities not visualized by ultrasound. MRI can also differentiate between isolated anomalies and those that exist as part of a more complex syndrome.
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