Ultrasound sonography, in which sound waves are used to create an image of a fetus in the womb, is the most common prenatal imaging method. But in some cases, doctors find that they need additional detail to see certain structures or make diagnoses. Fetal MRI can provide very high resolution, multiplanar views, giving doctors important additional information about the health of the fetus.
Houston Methodist Hospital offers ultra high resolution fetal MRI in cases in which traditional ultrasound doesn't provide enough information for a doctor to make a diagnosis or view certain parts of the fetufs. It is particularly valuable in imaging the fetus's brain and central nervous system, and is also used in the planning of certain types of fetal surgery.
No two pregnancies are alike. The specialists in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division of Houston Methodist Hospital provide specialized consultation on the management of complex pregnancies, including compassionate advanced care for pregnant women and their unborn children.
Our services include:
- Preconception counseling
- Genetic counseling
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Prenatal care
- Antenatal fetal surveillance
- Assisting obstetricians and gynecologists with the management of complex pregnancies
Services provided by the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division include one-time consultations; co-management of high-risk conditions; and transfer of care and follow-up as needed for mothers-to-be with medical, surgical or obstetric conditions.
Prenatal Diagnostic Services
Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists perform a full range of prenatal diagnostic testing, including:
- First and second trimester screening
- Comprehensive obstetric ultrasound
- Chorionic villus sampling
- Genetic amniocentesis
- Ultra high resolution fetal MRI
We also coordinate prenatal consultations with pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, urologists and neurosurgeons, as required.