Prenatal imaging of the fetal cerebellar vermis is challenging even for experienced examiners. We found that by aiming the ultrasound beam through the mastoid fontanel and then rotating the data set in a multiplanar reconstruction and applying volume contrast imaging in the C plane, we were consistently able to obtain images of the vermis in the standard midsagittal plane. Images of the fetal vermis suitable for morphologic evaluation were obtained in 408 of 414 cases (98.5%) at gestational ages of 18 weeks to 31 weeks 6 days; the examination time was only minimally increased.
- 3-dimensional sonography
- Fetal vermis
- Multiplanar reconstruction; posterior fossa
- Volume contrast imaging in the C plane