What to expect during your fetal MRI?
The scanner looks like a large square box with a tunnel through the middle. Typically the pregnant mother lies on her back and remains still. Her head is not in the scanner. This safe and painless process usually takes about 60 minutes. The fetal MRI does not require radiation, injections, contrast, or sedatives.
During the scan, information is taken from different angles and processed through a computer that produces incredibly detailed pictures that can be reviewed by dedicated radiologists who specialize in the interpretation of fetal MRIs. Since the results may influence the management of the pregnancy and delivery, the radiologist will communicate the results to your obstetrician and maternal fetal medicine provider within 24 hours.
What is a Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Fetal MRI)?
A fetal MRI is an advanced diagnostic test that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to obtain information from inside the body. It produces detailed pictures of the baby’s organs and internal structures, including the brain, neck, chest, and abdomen.
For additional information or make a referral, please feel free to contact our Regional Fetal Evaluation Center at (215) 427-5521.