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MRI of the Placenta Deepens Our Understanding of Pregnancy Complications

A new study has leveraged radiological studies to broaden our understanding of how the placenta behaves in pre-eclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and kidney damage during pregnancy.

Using the latest wide-bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning equipment, a group of researchers found that differences in blood flow in the placenta may play a role in the development of pre-eclampsia.

The scientists scanned 34 women with healthy pregnancies and 13 women diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and found that blood flow in the placenta of the healthy women was slow. In the women with pre-eclampsia, the team found that the pattern of flow was much more variable, which may explain why babies born to these women are often smaller and delivered before term.

Read more here – https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/mri-pregnancy-placenta-study