CLINICAL/METHODICAL ISSUE Evaluation of the normal and pathological fetal brain. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODICAL INNOVATIONS Advanced MRI of the fetal brain. PERFORMANCE Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is used in clinical practice, all other methods are used at a research level. ACHIEVEMENTS Serving as standard methods in the future. PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS Combined structural and functional data for all gestational ages will allow more specific insight into the developmental processes of the fetal brain. This gain of information will help provide a common understanding of complex spatial and temporal procedures of early morphological features and their impact on cognitive and sensory abilities.
V. Schöpf, E. Dittrich, V. Berger-Kulemann