What is MRI Foetal?
MRI foetal creates picture of the baby in the womb of pregnant mother and its surrounding soft tissues. The images captured during the MRI scan can be stored on an electronic device which is further printed on a film. The MRI scan is radiationless test which uses strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed and clear 3D multiple images. The whole MRI scan procedure takes about 40-60 minutes.
Why is MRI Foetal done?
- To diagnose extent of obesity in pregnant mother, oligohydramnios (deficiency of amniotic fluid) and advanced gestational age.
- To detect foetal lung volumes (in congenital diaphragmatic hernia)
- To find out the neurologic ischemia (insicient blood flow to the brain for normal metabolic state)
- To keep an eye on the development of the baby inside the womb
- To analyze foetal brain, abdomen, bones, chest which is not covered under ultrasound
Preparation for MRI Foetal
- At the time of the MRI you might be asked to remove any metallic coins, jewelry, metal wrist watches, metallic keys, dentures or hearing aids as the MRI uses strong magnetic fields
- Tell your radiologist if you have metallic implants like pacemaker, cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, neuro-stimulator, surgical staples/clips or drug implants
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor about their pregnancy before going for MRI