Real-time fetal magnetic resonance imaging for the dynamic visualization of the pouch in esophageal atresia
Esophageal atresia is the principal cause of congenital esophageal obstruction. Prenatal suspicion of esophageal atresia is usually based on the presence of polyhydramnios together with an absent stomach bubble. More recently, visualization of the dilatation of the blind-ending esophagus (esophageal pouch) during fetal swallowing has been reported and proposed as the most reliable sign for predicting esophageal atresia. Improvement of radiofrequency and computer technology as well as parallel data acquisition has greatly reduced magnetic resonance (MR) scanning time, allowing visualization of the fetus in cine-mode using fast imaging employing steady-state acquisition (FIESTA). We describe the application of FIESTA sequences in fetuses with suspected esophageal atresia for visualization of the esophageal pouch using MR imaging. Copyright © 2009 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.