Child's Nervous System

, Volume 19, Issue 7–8, pp 490–500 | Cite as

MR imaging of acquired fetal brain disorders

  • Nadine GirardEmail author
  • Catherine Gire
  • Sabine Sigaudy
  • Géraldine Porcu
  • Claude d'Ercole
  • Dominique Figarella-Branger
  • Charles Raybaud
  • Sylviane Confort-Gouny
Original Paper



Acquired fetal brain disorders represent the third indication of fetal brain MRI, after ventricular dilatation and malformations of the central nervous system.


MRI is an adequate imaging technique for evaluating fetal brain damage. Fetal brain response to brain injury may be acute, chronic or a combination of acute and chronic. An acute response is not as common in the fetal brain as in the postnatal period. A chronic response or the combination of chronic and acute response are the most common responses of the fetal brain to injury, whatever its origin. MRI also provides the natural history of acquired fetal brain lesions with regard to the stage of development.


Brain injury Fetal brain MRI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadine Girard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Catherine Gire
    • 2
  • Sabine Sigaudy
    • 3
  • Géraldine Porcu
    • 4
  • Claude d'Ercole
    • 5
  • Dominique Figarella-Branger
    • 6
  • Charles Raybaud
    • 7
  • Sylviane Confort-Gouny
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAP-HM Nord, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseille Cedex 20France
  2. 2.Department of NeonatologyAP-HM Nord, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseille Cedex 20France
  3. 3.Department of GeneticsAP-HM Timone, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseille Cedex 20France
  4. 4.Department of Obstetrics-GynecologyAP-HM Conception, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseilleFrance
  5. 5.Department of Obstetrics-GynecologyAP-HM Nord, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseille Cedex 20France
  6. 6.Department of PathologyAP-HM Timone, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseilleFrance
  7. 7.Department of NeuroradiologyAP-HM Timone, Université de la MéditerranéeMarseilleFrance
  8. 8.Centre de Résonance Biologique et Médicale, UMR-CNRS 6612Faculté de MédicineMarseilleFrance

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