Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Supplement 1, pp 62–73

Imaging of fetal chest masses

Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Imaging

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-011-2171-7

Cite this article as:
Barth, R.A. Pediatr Radiol (2012) 42(Suppl 1): 62. doi:10.1007/s00247-011-2171-7


Prenatal imaging with high-resolution US and rapid acquisition MRI plays a key role in the accurate diagnosis of congenital chest masses. Imaging has enhanced our understanding of the natural history of fetal lung masses, allowing for accurate prediction of outcome, parental counseling, and planning of pregnancy and newborn management. This paper will focus on congenital bronchopulmonary malformations, which account for the vast majority of primary lung masses in the fetus. In addition, anomalies that mimic masses and less common causes of lung masses will be discussed.


Fetal imaging Fetal chest mass Bronchopulmonary malformation Congenital diaphragmatic hernia 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyLucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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