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Imaging of the placenta with pathologic correlation
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  • Cheri Nguyen, MD, Baystate Health
  • Margaret Yacobozzi, MD, Baystate Health
  • Fadi Bsat, MD, Baystate Health
  • Dmitry Rakita, MD, Baystate Health
  • Dustin Nguyen, MD, Baystate Health
Document Type
Article, Peer-reviewed
Publication Date
The placenta functions to nourish and protect the fetus. Imaging of the placenta can have a profound impact on patient management, owing to the morbidity and mortality associated with various placental conditions. To fully appreciate placental pathology, its physiology, anatomy, and variant anatomy will be outlined. Placental conditions affecting the mother and fetus include molar pregnancies, placental hematoma, abruption, previa, accreta, vasa previa, choriocarcinoma, and retained products of conception. Ultrasonography remains the definitive modality in diagnosing most of these conditions, with magnetic resonance imaging remaining an adjunctive measure. Computed tomography is occasionally used in cases of trauma and tumor staging. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Citation Information
Nguyen D, Nguyen C, Yacobozzi M, Bsat F, Rakita D. Imaging of the placenta with pathologic correlation Semin Ultrasound CT MR 2012 Feb;33(1):65-77.