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Sonography of the fetal cochlea in the early second trimester of pregnancy.
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PMID:  23269710     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objectives- To examine the feasibility of imaging the fetal cochlea in the early second trimester. Methods- This study included 42 healthy fetuses of low-risk pregnancies between 14 and 16 weeks. The coronal head sections via sagittal and lateral acoustic windows were used for cochlear visualization. The coronal plane was directed across the thalamus, oriented to the petrous part of the temporal bones. All fetuses were examined by 2-dimensional(2D) transvaginal sonography. Transabdominal scans were added in 11 fetuses at 16 weeks. Three-dimensional (3D) multiplanar reconstruction was used for coronal plane reformatting in cases with inappropriate head positioning for 2D scanning. Results- Because of temporal bone hypomineralization in the early second trimester, sonographic depiction of the cochlear labyrinth was possible. On coronal imaging, the cochleas showed ringlike echogenic borders containing hypoechoic liquid content. The cochlear modiolus appeared as a central echogenic round spot ("cochlear target sign"). The cochleas were observed caudad to the temporal lobes, separated by the clivus. Shifting of the coronal plane showed progressive coiling of the basal cochlear turn toward the second turn ("cochlear whirlpool sign"). Two-dimensional transvaginal scanning showed at least 1 cochlea in 79% (33 of 42) of the cases. Adding 3D multiplanar reconstruction, at least 1 cochlear target sign was observed in 83% (35 of 42). The cochlear whirlpool sign on at least one side was shown in 57% (24 of 42). The maximal cochlear diameter was measured in fetuses with clear cochlear margin visualization. In this subgroup, the mean gestational age ± SD was 15.8 ± 0.5 weeks, and the mean maximal cochlear diameter was 6.4 ± 0.8 mm. Conclusions- Prenatal sonographic inner ear depiction was previously considered impossible. Using a unique time window in the early second trimester, we achieved feasible fetal cochlear imaging.
Zvi Leibovitz; Sandro Egenburg; Ayala Arad; Simon Degani; Hasan Bakry; Israel Shapiro; Gonen Ohel
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1550-9613     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ultrasound Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211547     Medline TA:  J Ultrasound Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bnai Zion Medical Center, PO Box 4940, 31048 Haifa, Israel.
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