Our Fetal Imaging Program is the backbone of our fetal program and is supported by our Developing Brain Institute, which offers unique quantitative tools for assessing fetal brain health. This program develops and uses advanced diagnostic technology, which allows us to obtain highly detailed images of your unborn baby. Annually, our team evaluates 600 ultrasounds and 500 fetal magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. Also, the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute is one of a few centers in the world to have a fetal neuroradiology team. This team uses fetal MRI to make early diagnoses of fetal brain development problems.
Our Fetal Imaging Program uses this crucial imaging information to develop the best treatment plan, including preparing for delivery and performing interventions during the pregnancy, if necessary.
Imaging scans include:
- Fetal ultrasound. If a routine ultrasound identifies a potential medical condition, our prenatal pediatrics specialists can perform a more detailed ultrasound to confirm or rule out the findings. We use the most advanced imaging technology to evaluate and diagnose any abnormality.
- Fetal MRI. We are one of the few centers to provide fetal MRI, a sophisticated imaging technique. Fetal MRI allows us to obtain very detailed images of the mother and baby. This helps our team confirm a diagnosis and plan treatment. As a patient of the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute, you and your baby will be able to take advantage of our Fetal Brain Program, which allows our physicians to compare your baby’s fetal brain MRI results against healthy pregnancy values. Images are obtained during a study that lasts about an hour or less, without the use of sedation, and they are examined in real time by board-certified radiologists and neuroradiologists.
- Fetal echocardiography. We use this procedure to obtain images of your baby’s heart. We can detect heart defects by 18 weeks gestation (during the pregnancy), and see the major structures of the heart as early as 12 weeks. Fetal echo allows us to understand how the heart defect is affecting the unborn baby’s health and if we need to perform an intervention.
Learn more about these imaging tests and other services for unborn babies in our Prenatal Cardiology Program.