Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 376–386 | Cite as

Fetal magnetic resonance imaging: jumping from 1.5 to 3 tesla (preliminary experience)

  • Teresa VictoriaEmail author
  • Diego Jaramillo
  • Timothy Paul Leslie Roberts
  • Deborah Zarnow
  • Ann Michelle Johnson
  • Jorge Delgado
  • Erika Rubesova
  • Arastoo Vossough


Several attempts have been made at imaging the fetus at 3 T as part of the continuous search for increased image signal and better anatomical delineation of the developing fetus. Until very recently, imaging of the fetus at 3 T has been disappointing, with numerous artifacts impeding image analysis. Better magnets and coils and improved technology now allow imaging of the fetus at greater magnetic strength, some hurdles in the shape of imaging artifacts notwithstanding. In this paper we present the preliminary experience of evaluating the developing fetus at 3 T and discuss several artifacts encountered and techniques to decrease them, as well as safety concerns associated with scanning the fetus at higher magnetic strength.


Magnetic resonance imaging Fetus 3.0 tesla Safety Artifacts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa Victoria
    • 1
    Email author
  • Diego Jaramillo
    • 2
  • Timothy Paul Leslie Roberts
    • 2
  • Deborah Zarnow
    • 2
  • Ann Michelle Johnson
    • 2
  • Jorge Delgado
    • 2
  • Erika Rubesova
    • 3
  • Arastoo Vossough
    • 2
  1. 1.Radiology Department, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and TreatmentThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Radiology DepartmentThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, Lucile Packard Children’s HospitalStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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