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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438064/utility-of-fetal-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-fetuses-with-right-aortic-arch-and-right-ductus-arteriosus
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Su-Zhen Dong, Ming Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of fetal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose right aortic arch (RAA) with right ductus arteriosus. METHODS: This retrospective study included six fetuses with right aortic arch and right ductus arteriosus. The six fetal cases were examined using a 1.5-T magnetic resonance unit. The steady-state free precession (SSFP) and single-shot turbo spin echo (SSTSE) sequences were used to evaluate the fetal heart and airway...
May 7, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436133/population-trends-in-prenatal-detection-of-transposition-of-great-arteries-impact-of-obstetrical-screening-ultrasound-guidelines
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Prasad Ravi, Lindsay Mills, Deborah Fruitman, Winnie Savard, Timothy Colen, Nee Khoo, Jesus Serrano-Lomelin, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is one of the most common critical neonatal heart defects. Although there are clinical advantages to a prenatal diagnosis, D-TGA has had low prenatal detection internationally. Recent obstetrical ultrasound guidelines incorporating screening of cardiac outflows may improve prenatal detection of D-TGA. We sought to evaluate trends in the prenatal detection of D-TGA with/without ventricular septal defect (VSD) in Alberta over the past 13 years, examining the potential impact of enhanced ultrasound guidelines in 2009-2010 and 2013 and factors impacting detection...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410945/diagnostic-approach-in-fetal-coarctation-of-the-aorta-a-cost-utility-analysis
#3
Patrick D Evers, Daksha Ranade, Mark Lewin, Bhawna Arya
BACKGROUND: Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is difficult to diagnose by fetal echocardiogram (F-Echo), often requiring multiple F-Echos during gestation and neonatal echocardiograms (N-Echos) after birth. Furthermore, CoA is the most common ductal-dependent lesion missed on routine physical exam. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the most cost-effective diagnostic approach in caring for infants in whom an initial F-Echo is concerning for CoA. METHODS: Four paradigms for management after initial F-Echo could not rule out CoA were compared, with a single paradigm involving additional F-Echos: (1) multiple F-Echos for diagnostic clarity and performance of N-Echo on neonates with remaining high suspicion for CoA on F-Echos (prenatal-multiple), (2) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on neonates with high suspicion for CoA on initial F-Echo (postnatal-selective), (3) no further F-Echo and performance of N-Echo on all neonates (postnatal-all), and (4) no further F-Echo or N-Echo with reliance on routine physical exam to identify afflicted infants (postnatal-none)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368659/after-over-200-years-7-t-magnetic-resonance-imaging-reveals-the-foliate-structure-of-the-human-corpus-callosum-in-vivo
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Christopher J Wiggins, Andreas Schäfer, Bibek Dhital, Denis Le Bihan, Robert Turner
OBJECTIVE: A fine structure of the corpus callosum (CC), consisting of radial lines, is seen in historical anatomical atlases as far back as that of Vicq d'Azyr (1786). This study examines a similar pattern observed in vivo using high-resolution MR images at 7 T. METHODS: 8 healthy subjects were examined with 7.0-T MRI. Anatomical images were collected with a gradient echo scan with 0.5-mm isotropic resolution, which were rated for visibility of the radial pattern...
May 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285896/perinatal-changes-in-fetal-ventricular-geometry-myocardial-performance-and-cardiac-function-in-normal-term-pregnancies
#6
Olga Patey, Michael A Gatzoulis, Basky Thilaganathan, Julene S Carvalho
BACKGROUND: The fetal heart at term is exposed to an increase in hemodynamic work as a consequence of fetal growth, increased circulating volume, and alteration in loading patterns due to maturational changes in fetoplacental circulation. The extent to which these cardiovascular changes influence human fetal and neonatal cardiac adaptation has not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate perinatal cardiovascular changes in ventricular geometry and myocardial performance in normal term fetuses...
May 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282706/cardiovascular-malformations-in-infants-of-diabetic-mothers-a-retrospective-case-control-study
#7
Parvin Akbariasbagh, Mamak Shariat, Naseredin Akbariasbagh, Bita Ebrahim
Maternal diabetes has teratogenic effects on the evolution of the fetal cardiovascular system; as a consequence, cardiovascular malformations are the most common anomalies in infants of diabetic mothers. The present study focuses on the association of all types of diabetes in mothers with the incidence of congenital cardiovascular malformations in their infants. In this retrospective case-control study performed between the years 2008 and 2010, 35 infants of diabetic mothers were selected as a case group, and another 35 infants of mothers with normal blood glucose levels were selected as a control group...
February 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247416/heavy-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-is-related-to-smaller-corpus-callosum-in-newborn-mri-scans
#8
Sandra W Jacobson, Joseph L Jacobson, Christopher D Molteno, Christopher M R Warton, Pia Wintermark, H Eugene Hoyme, Greetje De Jong, Paul Taylor, Fleur Warton, Nadine M Lindinger, R Colin Carter, Neil C Dodge, Ellen Grant, Simon K Warfield, Lilla Zöllei, André J W van der Kouwe, Ernesta M Meintjes
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have consistently demonstrated disproportionately smaller corpus callosa in individuals with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) but have not previously examined the feasibility of detecting this effect in infants. Tissue segmentation of the newborn brain is challenging because analysis techniques developed for the adult brain are not directly transferable, and segmentation for cerebral morphometry is difficult in neonates, due to the latter's incomplete myelination...
May 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152240/spatiotemporal-alignment-of-in-utero-bold-mri-series
#9
Esra Abaci Turk, Jie Luo, Borjan Gagoski, Javier Pascau, Carolina Bibbo, Julian N Robinson, P Ellen Grant, Elfar Adalsteinsson, Polina Golland, Norberto Malpica
PURPOSE: To present a method for spatiotemporal alignment of in-utero magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) time series acquired during maternal hyperoxia for enabling improved quantitative tracking of blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal changes that characterize oxygen transport through the placenta to fetal organs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The proposed pipeline for spatiotemporal alignment of images acquired with a single-shot gradient echo echo-planar imaging includes 1) signal nonuniformity correction, 2) intravolume motion correction based on nonrigid registration, 3) correction of motion and nonrigid deformations across volumes, and 4) detection of the outlier volumes to be discarded from subsequent analysis...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092268/phenotypic-outcomes-in-mouse-and-human-foxc1-dependent-dandy-walker-cerebellar-malformation-suggest-shared-mechanisms
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Parthiv Haldipur, Derek Dang, Kimberly A Aldinger, Olivia K Janson, Fabien Guimiot, Homa Adle-Biasette, William B Dobyns, Joseph R Siebert, Rosa Russo, Kathleen J Millen
FOXC1 loss contributes to Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), a common human cerebellar malformation. Previously, we found that complete Foxc1 loss leads to aberrations in proliferation, neuronal differentiation and migration in the embryonic mouse cerebellum (Haldipur et al., 2014). We now demonstrate that hypomorphic Foxc1 mutant mice have granule and Purkinje cell abnormalities causing subsequent disruptions in postnatal cerebellar foliation and lamination. Particularly striking is the presence of a partially formed posterior lobule which echoes the posterior vermis DW 'tail sign' observed in human imaging studies...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029461/-prevention-of-preterm-birth-by-uterine-cervical-cerclage
#11
L Marcellin
OBJECTIVE: To review the scientific literature on cervical insufficiency and indications of cervical cerclage cervix. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The PubMed database, the Cochrane Library and the recommendations from the French and international obstetrical societies between 1972 and June 2016 have been consulted. RESULTS: Cervical insufficiency is a pathophysiological concept and to date no consensual definition is available: the diagnosis is clinical and discussed retrospectively in case of patients with a history of late miscarriages and/or spontaneous preterm delivery, with asymptomatic dilatation of the cervix (professional consensus)...
October 29, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025468/evaluation-of-fetal-thyroid-with-3d-gradient-echo-t1-weighted-mr-imaging
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Shinya Fujii, Junichi Nagaishi, Naoko Mukuda, Sachi Kaneda, Chie Inoue, Takeru Fukunaga, Toshihide Ogawa
PURPOSE: The characteristics of fetal thyroid on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, including normal thyroid and disorders other than goiter have not been fully evaluated. Our aim was to assess fetal thyroid using three dimensional (3D) gradient echo (GRE) T1-weighted MR imaging and to examine the usefulness of this modality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 27 3D GRE T1-weighted images from 26 fetuses. The largest possible region of interest (ROI) within the thyroid at the slice level depicting the thyroid was manually defined and three circular ROIs on neck muscle were manually defined on the image slices showing the highest signal intensity (SI) of the thyroid...
December 26, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977016/heart-sounds-at-home-feasibility-of-an-ambulatory-fetal-heart-rhythm-surveillance-program-for-anti-ssa-positive-pregnancies
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B F Cuneo, A J Moon-Grady, S-E Sonesson, S Levasseur, L Hornberger, M T Donofrio, A Krishnan, A Szwast, L Howley, D W Benson, E Jaeggi
OBJECTIVE: Fetuses exposed to anti-SSA (Sjögren's) antibodies are at risk of developing irreversible complete atrioventricular block (CAVB), resulting in death or permanent cardiac pacing. Anti-inflammatory treatment during the transition period from normal heart rhythm (fetal heart rhythm (FHR)) to CAVB (emergent CAVB) can restore sinus rhythm, but detection of emergent CAVB is challenging, because it can develop in ⩽24 h. We tested the feasibility of a new technique that relies on home FHR monitoring by the mother, to surveil for emergent CAVB...
March 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860542/successful-fetal-tele-echo-at-a-small-regional-hospital
#14
Julianna Brown, Brian Holland
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease (CHD) has been shown to improve newborn outcomes. The rate of prenatal diagnosis and access to fetal echocardiography vary widely across the United States. INTRODUCTION: A clinical fetal tele-echo service was established at King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Ashland, KY, a region in eastern Kentucky that is 3 h from the nearest congenital heart surgeon. The aim of this study was to determine if fetal tele-echo utilizing local sonographers at a small regional hospital can accurately and efficiently identify fetuses with complex CHD...
November 18, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790130/a-case-of-hydranencephaly-in-which-ophthalmic-examinations-were-performed
#15
Shohei Eda, Tomoko Terai, Yuko Nishikawa, Masahiro Tonari, Teruyo Kida, Hidehiro Oku, Jun Sugasawa, Shuichi Shimakawa, Masashi Hasegawa, Tohru Ogihara, Tsunehiko Ikeda
PURPOSE: We performed ophthalmic examinations, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), on a case diagnosed with hydranencephaly. CASE REPORT: This case involved a female infant born at the gestational age of 35 weeks and 4 days, with the birth weight of 2,152 g, who was one of monochorionic diamniotic twins, and the identical twin died in utero at the gestational age of 24 weeks. After that, examination by fetal echo indicated that she had microcephaly and ventriculomegaly...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699879/3d-in-utero-quantification-of-t2-relaxation-times-in-human-fetal-brain-tissues-for-age-optimized-structural-and-functional-mri
#16
Anna I Blazejewska, Sharmishtaa Seshamani, Susan K McKown, Jason S Caucutt, Manjiri Dighe, Christopher Gatenby, Colin Studholme
PURPOSE: Maximization of the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) contrast requires the echo time of the MR sequence to match the T2* value of the tissue of interest, which is expected to be higher in the fetal brain compared with the brain of a child or an adult. METHODS: T2* values of the cortical plate/cortical gray matter tissue in utero in healthy fetuses from mid-gestation onward (20-36 gestational weeks) were measured using 3D T2* maps calculated from 2D dual-echo T2*-weighted data corrected for between-slice motion and reconstructed in 1...
October 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651614/evaluation-of-referral-pattern-for-fetal-echocardiography-at-a-tertiary-care-center-in-northern-india-and-its-implications
#17
Anupama Nair, S Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the referral pattern for fetal echocardiography (FE) at our tertiary referral center for pediatric cardiac care in northern India. We also aimed to determine the incidence of CHD in each group and intend to highlight the need of identifying the various risk factors and appropriate timely referral of patients for detailed evaluation. METHODS: This is a prospective study including 201 consecutive patients referred for fetal echo to our center...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647344/ep05-09-the-echo-image-characteristics-of-fetal-cardiac-tumour-by-echocardiography
#18
T Zhu, J Li, Y Zhu, Y Wang, P Xu, Y Sun, Z Wang, S Pang
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September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27539165/the-natural-history-of-fetal-long-qt-syndrome
#19
Bettina F Cuneo, Janette F Strasburger, Ronald T Wakai
INTRODUCTION: Fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG), the magnetic analog of ECG, has provided invaluable insight into the mechanisms of fetal arrhythmias. In the past 15years, we have evaluated over 300 fetuses with arrhythmia by fMCG. We review the unique characteristics and natural history of the long QT syndrome (LQTS) rhythms. METHODS: We reviewed the fMCGs of subjects referred with suspected LQTS based on either a positive family history or echo diagnosis of the LQTS rhythms (sinus bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, or 2:1 AV conduction) to the Biomagnetism laboratory in the Department of Medical Physics, UW-Madison...
November 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27521762/an-exploration-of-the-potential-utility-of-fetal-cardiovascular-mri-as-an-adjunct-to-fetal-echocardiography
#20
David F A Lloyd, Joshua F P van Amerom, Kuberan Pushparajah, John M Simpson, Vita Zidere, Owen Miller, Gurleen Sharland, Joanna Allsop, Matthew Fox, Maelene Lohezic, Maria Murgasova, Christina Malamateniou, Jo V Hajnal, Mary Rutherford, Reza Razavi
OBJECTIVES: Fetal cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a potential alternative to echocardiography, although in practice, its use has been limited. We sought to explore the need for additional imaging in a tertiary fetal cardiology unit and the usefulness of standard MRI sequences. METHODS: Cases where the diagnosis was not fully resolved using echocardiography were referred for MRI. Following a three-plane localiser, fetal movement was assessed with a balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) cine...
October 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
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