Placenta Imaging Project
“Placenta Imaging Project”
The purpose of this study is to test the application of newly generated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols for the assessment of placental perfusion in human subjects. The primary objective is to validate and establish the utility of placental MRI in pregnant women. The study will be entirely MRI-technology based with collection of placental tissue at the time of infant delivery for later correlative studies.
Device - MRI
Recently-developed placenta-specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tools will be used to quantify maternal perfusion and oxygen transfer throughout pregnancy in 3 groups of human subjects: 1) non-smokers, 2) smokers, 3) individuals at high risk for adverse outcome. The objective of this work is to develop a new non-invasive clinical tool for early identification of placental dysfunction.
Device - MRI - IUGR
Recently-developed placenta-specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tools will be used to quantify maternal perfusion and oxygen transfer throughout pregnancy. The objective of this ancillary arm is to further test the sensitivity of placental magnetic resonance imaging to detect abnormal perfusion and oxygenation in confirmed cases of IUGR between gestational ages 28 to 36 weeks.
Functional Imaging of Human Placenta by MRI