Fetal MRI pp 403-442 | Cite as

Normal and Pathological Placental Development: MRI and Pathology

  • Sabine Dekan
  • Nina Linduska
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The placenta is essential for fetal growth and development. Ultrasound and Doppler are still the standard methods of placenta investigation, but some pathologies such as placenta increta and infarction are better seen in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Due to the larger field of view and multiplanar capabilities, MRI has advantages especially in advanced gestational ages. The MRI appearance of the placenta can provide essential information about underlying pathologies contributing to fetal problems such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and may be helpful for making management decisions or in monitoring the severity of placental pathologies.


Placenta Previa Hydatidiform Mole Spiral Artery Placenta Accreta Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Institute of PathologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent MedicineMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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