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Insights into Imaging

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 297–308

First Online: 14 February 2011Received: 18 August 2010Revised: 17 November 2010Accepted: 27 January 2011


BackgroundThe technical developments of imaging methods over the last 2 decades are changing our knowledge of perinatal oncology. Fetal ultrasound is usually the first imaging method used and thus constitutes the reference prenatal study, but MRI seems to be an excellent complementary method for evaluating the fetus. The widespread use of both techniques has increased the diagnosis rates of congenital tumors. During pregnancy and after birth, an accurate knowledge of the possibilities and limits of the different imaging techniques available would improve the information obtainable, thus helping the medical team to make the most appropriate decisions about therapy and to inform the family about the prognosis.

ConclusionIn this review article, we describe the main congenital neoplasms, their prognosis and their imaging characteristics with the different pre- and postnatal imaging methods available.

KeywordsPediatric oncology Prenatal diagnosis Fetal US Fetal MRI Neonatal imaging  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Leonor Alamo - Maja Beck-Popovic - François Gudinchet - Reto Meuli


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