MR imaging of the fetal cerebellar vermis: Biometric predictors of adverse neurologic outcome

Yin Xi, Emily Brown, April Bailey, Diane M. Twickler

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Purpose: To provide normal biometry of the cerebellar vermis using fetal MR and determine threshold values associated with abnormal neurologic outcome. Materials and Methods: Cerebellar vermis biometry was applied in prospective, cross-sectional evaluation of fetal brains. Vermis length and inferior vermian distance were obtained in mid-sagittal planes using T2-weighted, single-shot sequences with 1.5 Tesla MR. Measurements were compared with reference nomograms from a retrospective review of fetal brains with normal intracranial anatomy. Observed and predicted measurements of the cerebellar vermis were recorded. Neurologic outcome was classified as normal or abnormal. Unpaired t-tests and discriminate analysis were applied to the two measurements and differences between the observed and predicted values. Results: The reference group included 64 fetuses of 13 to 38 weeks gestation. Both vermis length and inferior vermian distance increased linearly with time (r=0.92, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016



  • Biometry
  • Cerebellum
  • Fetal
  • MRI
  • Neurology
  • Vermis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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