Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Supplement 1, pp 24–32 | Cite as

Novel applications of quantitative MRI for the fetal brain

  • Cédric Clouchoux
  • Catherine Limperopoulos
Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Imaging


The advent of ultrafast MRI acquisitions is offering vital insights into the critical maturational events that occur throughout pregnancy. Concurrent with the ongoing enhancement of ultrafast imaging has been the development of innovative image-processing techniques that are enabling us to capture and quantify the exuberant growth, and organizational and remodeling processes that occur during fetal brain development. This paper provides an overview of the role of advanced neuroimaging techniques to study in vivo brain maturation and explores the application of a range of new quantitative imaging biomarkers that can be used clinically to monitor high-risk pregnancies.


Fetal brain MRI In vivo Quantitative techniques Brain injury 



The supplement this article is part of is not sponsored by the industry. Dr. Clouchoux and Dr. Limperopoulos have no financial interest, investigational or off-label uses to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Diagnostic Imaging and RadiologyChildren’s National Medical CenterWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.McConnell Brain Imaging Center, Montreal Neurological InstituteMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of Neurology and NeurosurgeryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Division of Fetal and Transitional MedicineChildren’s National Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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