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Feasibility of 3-dimensional sonographic examination of the fetal secondary palate during the second-trimester anatomy scan.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Publication Date
Volume
30
Issue
12
Pages
1619–1624
Identifiers
PMID: 22123995
Source
Medline

Abstract

It is not feasible to obtain adequate 3D data sets for offline analysis of the fetal secondary palate in almost two-thirds of second-trimester fetuses during the routine scan. However, suboptimal visualization is primarily due to factors related to fetal position rather than equipment or image quality. This finding suggests that a dedicated scan, during which adequate time can be devoted to obtaining a satisfactory position in which the fetal face can be evaluated, may be warranted in high-risk cases.

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