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Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Fetal imaging and diagnosis services in developing countries – A call to action

J.A. Akinmoladun, D.O.C. Anumba

Abstract


Fetal congenital anomalies are among the leading causes of perinatal death or survival with disability worldwide. Their accurate antenatal detection  employing a range of fetal imaging techniques enables parental choices to be made and for postnatal care of affected babies to be planned. While such  prenatal care is well developed in developed countries of the world, it remains poor in many low‑ and middle‑income countries (LMICs). This review article  examines the scope of the problem and proffers strategies for service  organization and fetal imaging that will improve care in LMIC settings.

Key words: Congenital abnormalities; fetus; imaging; pregnancy; ultrasound.




http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/TJOG.TJOG_59_18
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