Characterization of Magnetic Resonance Parameters in the Pregnant Uterus

  • Peter J. Thomford
  • Janet Jordan
  • Teresita Angtuaco
  • H. Howard Cockrill
  • Donald R. Mattison
Part of the Trophoblast Research book series (TR)


Although not widely appreciated, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has been used as a research tool in obstetrics and gynecology for many years. Odeblad and colleagues have used NMR to characterize the structure of water in human vaginal cells (Odeblad, 1959), human milk (Odeblad and Westin, 1958), myometrium (Odeblad and Ingelman-Sundberg, 1965) and cervical mucus (Odeblad and Bryhn, 1957). Recently, with the growing availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units there has been an interest in exploring the technique in obstetrics (Smith et al., 1983; Johnson et al., 1984) and gynecology (Thickman et al., 1984). Indeed, a recent report suggests that MRI may be useful in prenatal evaluation of intrauterine growth retardation — by virtue of its ability to quantitate subcutaneous fat (Stark et al., 1985).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Thomford
    • 1
    • 5
  • Janet Jordan
    • 1
  • Teresita Angtuaco
    • 2
  • H. Howard Cockrill
    • 3
  • Donald R. Mattison
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Departments of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Obstetrics and RadiologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA
  3. 3.Radiological AssociatesLittle RockUSA
  4. 4.Departments of Obstetrics and PharmacologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA
  5. 5.The National Center for Toxicological ResearchJeffersonUSA

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