Three-dimensional ultrasonographic presentation of micrognathia

Lee, Wesley, McNie, Beverley, Chaiworapongsa, Tinnakorn, Conoscenti, Giancarlo, Kalache, Karim D., Vettraino, Ivana M., Romero, Roberto and Comstock, C.hristine H. (2002) Three-dimensional ultrasonographic presentation of micrognathia. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 21, (7), 775-781.


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Objective: to present the variable appearance of micrognathia in fetuses by three-dimensional ultrasonography and to describe practical methods for analysis of these volume data.

Methods: three-dimensional multiplanar imaging and surface-rendering techniques were used to show various syndromes and diagnostic approaches for the evaluation of fetal micrognathia.

Results: nine cases of fetal micrognathia are presented. Orthogonal multiplanar views were used to obtain a midsagittal facial profile. Examples of micrognathia include 3 cases of Pierre Robin sequence, cerebrocostomandibular syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, and hypochondrogenesis. Diagnostic pitfalls for micrognathia are also shown.

Conclusions: three-dimensional multiplanar imaging increases the likelihood that a true midline sagittal view of the facial profile is being analyzed. Surface rendering provides another way to qualitatively evaluate the fetal chin from different viewing perspectives. Three-dimensional ultrasonographic methods are useful adjuncts to the preliminary diagnostic impression from two-dimensional ultrasonography.

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Keywords: fetus, micrognathia, prenatal diagnosis, three-dimensional ultrasonography
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 25752
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Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:48

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