Placental volume measurement in clinical practice

Junichi Hasegawa, Tatsuya Arakaki, Masamitsu Nakamura, Hiroko Takita, Akihiko Sekizawa

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Measurement of the placental volume during pregnancy can occasionally predict adverse outcomes, including ischemic and restricted conditions in the fetus and placenta later in pregnancy. Three-dimensional (3D) sonographic evaluation of the placental volume during the first trimester is a simple and rapid procedure that is commonly applied, but its use during the second trimester seems to be limited. The placental volume can be obtained within 5 minutes as part of daily clinical practice. Combining screening with the placental volume and other markers can increase the rate of detection of fetal and placental anomalies. In this article, we review the prediction of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes later in pregnancy using 3D sonographic measurement of the placental volume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-412
Number of pages5
JournalDonald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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