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Fetal Diagnostic Testing

Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A fetal MRI is advanced form of fetal diagnostic testing often used to pinpoint brain, neck, chest, abdominal, or orthopedic problems. Like other forms of fetal diagnostic testing performed at Nemours, a fetal MRI is a safe and painless test performed using a large doughnut-shaped scanner with a tunnel in the center, which utilizes a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of your baby’s organs and internal structures. Generally speaking, your head won't be in the scanner.

Unlike a CAT scan, a fetal MRI doesn’t require radiation. And we keep both you and your baby safe by using no injections, contrast, or sedatives. A registered nurse (RN) will also be there to monitor you during the whole procedure.

Fetal Echocardiography (or Fetal "Echo")

A fetal echocardiograph is a type of fetal diagnostic testing that uses an in-depth cardiac ultrasound study to allow Nemours pediatric experts to view the structure, function, and rhythm of a baby’s heart while still in the mother’s womb during pregnancy — as early as the 18th week.

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