Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The Fetal Heart Program utilizes fetal echocardiography for the diagnoses and specialized management of fetuses with congenital heart disease and/or congestive heart failure in utero. Fetal MRI can be used in select cases to assess the heart and related structures. The team’s goal is to treat the fetus as a separate and individual patient, understand how heart defects affect well-being in utero and to determine when and if intervention may be possible.

This test produces detailed images of your baby's organs and structures within the body. MRI is mainly used to obtain detailed images of the fetal chest, abdomen and brain.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Adre Du Plessis

Director, Fetal Medicine Institute
Division Chief, Fetal and Transitional Medicine
Children's Locations that Perform this Procedure

Children's Locations that Perform this Procedure

Treatment Service Locations

main hospital

Main Hospital

111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20010

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Our Stories

Our Stories

conjoined twins

Tyson and Tyler's Story

Before they had even entered the world, Children's National doctors had hatched a plan to safely deliver and then separate conjoined twins Tyson and Tyler.



Fetal Medicine Institute

Our fetal medicine team provides specialized, expert care for babies during pregnancy, delivery, and the postnatal period.

Fetal Heart Program

Our heart care begins before babies are even born, in our dedicated Fetal Heart Program, where we diagnose and even treat fetal heart conditions.