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A method to visualize 3-dimensional anatomic changes in the cervix during pregnancy: a preliminary observational study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20103797     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a method to visualize 3-dimensional (3D) anatomic changes in the cervix and lower uterine segment during the antepartum period. METHODS: An observational study of patients with both uncomplicated and complicated pregnancies was performed. To visualize 3D anatomic changes, solid models were constructed from 3D sonographic data. Model construction followed a 3-step protocol. First, 3D transvaginal sonographic data of the cervix and lower uterine segment were obtained. Second, sonographic data were exported to a medical image-processing program, which was used to align 3D sonographic data obtained from a single patient at different time points. Last, sonographic data were used to guide construction of solid models using mechanical design software. Anatomic changes were visualized by comparing solid models constructed from sonographic data obtained at different time points. RESULTS: From 16 patients who consented, 5 patients were selected for this study. Two to 4 models were derived from each of the 5 patients at 15 to 38 weeks' gestation. To show anatomic changes in the cervix and lower uterine segment, solid models from different time points in the same patient were superimposed. A total of 16 solid models were constructed. In addition, 3D changes associated with second-trimester cervical failure and successful therapeutic cerclage were shown. CONCLUSIONS: A method to visualize 3D cervical changes is presented, revealing complex anatomic changes in the lower uterine segment, cervical stroma, and cervical mucosa as pregnancy progresses.
Christopher T Lang; Jay D Iams; Edward Tangchitnob; Simona Socrate; Michael House
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1550-9613     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ultrasound Med     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-27     Completed Date:  2010-05-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211547     Medline TA:  J Ultrasound Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  255-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ohio State University Medical Center, 395 W 12th Ave, Fifth Floor, Columbus, OH 43210 USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cervix Uteri / ultrasonography*
Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
Pilot Projects
Premature Birth / ultrasonography*
Ultrasonography / methods*

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