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Fetal MRI bests traditional—controversial—autopsies

When it comes to determining the cause of death for fetuses, parents may have another option besides conventional autopsy. Whole-body high-field MRI offers a reliable option for postmortem exams in a less invasive way, according to British researchers. Past scandals in the U.K. have reduced postmortem autopsy rates for fetuses. In 2001 it was reported that Alder Hey Children's hospital in Liverpool, U.K., had retained hearts and other organs from hundreds of children and fetuses who died at the hospital between 1988 and 1996. The hearts and organs were obtained without permission and used for research purposes. For more on this topic: Indications expand for fetal MR imaging Brain anomalies on fetal MRI call for postnatal imaging backup

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