Scientific article

Cortical development in the fetus and the newborn: advanced MR techniques

Published inTopics in magnetic resonance imaging, vol. 22, no. 1, p. 33-38
Publication date2011

Brain function is tightly linked to the development of the cortex. Until recently, assessing the human cortical development and folding was not possible in vivo. It is magnetic resonance imaging and new post-processing image analysis tools that have improved the understanding of cortical development. The combination of conventional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging has further allowed depiction of the relationship of changes in intracortical layering and cortical folding. Being able to follow these early developmental processes has elucidated changes in early brain development due to changed environmental conditions in fetal life such as twinning and fetal growth restriction and postnatal conditions such as prematurity. This review further illustrates new data on brain structural asymmetries linked to the emergence of early language functions.

  • Brain/abnormalities/pathology
  • Brain Diseases/diagnosis/embryology
  • Developmental Disabilities/diagnosis
  • Female
  • Fetal Growth Retardation/diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging/trends
  • Male
  • Malformations of Cortical Development/diagnosis
  • Prenatal Diagnosis/trends
Citation (ISO format)
HÜPPI, Petra Susan. Cortical development in the fetus and the newborn: advanced MR techniques. In: Topics in magnetic resonance imaging, 2011, vol. 22, n° 1, p. 33–38. doi: 10.1097/RMR.0b013e3182416f78
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