Overview

Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (fetal MRI) is a non-invasive, non-radiation imaging technique that offers detailed information about the anatomic structure of a fetus. Fetal MRI is tailored to address specific questions and concerns about a suspected congenital abnormality.

Fetal MRI is a diagnostic procedure that can provide additional and complementary information to ultrasound in the evaluation of the fetal brain, spine, face and neck, chest and lungs, and abdomen and pelvis (including bowel and urinary tract). It particularly excels in the evaluation of the fetal brain and spine, and can be used to help prognosticate outcome in cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and fetal lung masses. A fetal MRI can provide anatomic information useful in planning complex fetal care and, in some circumstances, antenatal surgical procedures.

Fetal MRI does not utilize ionizing radiation. In fact, the use of MRI during pregnancy is considered standard of care by the American College of Radiology, the Society for Pediatric Radiology, and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  

Fetal MRI Procedure for Evaluation and Diagnosis

A fetal MRI can provide anatomic information useful in planning complex fetal care and, in some circumstances, antenatal surgical procedures.

Specialty-trained Radiologists

Our specialty-trained pediatric radiologists have been interpreting fetal MR images at the VCU Health System since 2015.

Meet Our Faculty

Jacqueline Urbine, M.D. and Gregory Vorona, M.D., who have completed pediatric subspecialty training including fetal MRI, are both American Board of Radiology (ABR) certified in Pediatric Radiology.

Prior to joining the VCU Department of Radiology as section chief of Pediatric Imaging, Dr. Urbine helped develop the fetal MRI program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Vorona completed two fellowships at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia including Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Neuroradiology, which included fetal brain and spine MRI.

Jacqueline Urbine, M.D.

Jacqueline Urbine, M.D.

Associate Professor

Jacqueline Urbine, M.D.

Jacqueline Urbine, M.D.

Associate Professor

Radiology

Associate Professor,
Director, Pediatric Imaging

Email: jacqueline.urbine@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Children’s Hospital of Richmond

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Gregory Vorona, M.D.

Gregory Vorona, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Gregory Vorona, M.D.

Gregory Vorona, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Radiology

Phone: (804) 828-9842

Email: gregory.vorona@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Children’s Hospital of Richmond

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Learn More about the Fetal MRI procedure

Patients and referring physicians, please call our complex prenatal care coordinator during normal business hours at (804) 350-8805 and for more information visit the Fetal MRI at CHoR link.