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First-trimester Placenta Volume and Three-dimensional Vascularization

Giuseppe Rizzo, Victoria Bitsadze, Alessandro Quarto, Alexander Makatsarya, Ilenia Mappa

Keywords : Fetal growth restriction, Maternal smoking preeclampsia, Placenta, Placental vascularization, Placental volume, Three-dimensional ultrasonography

Citation Information : Rizzo G, Bitsadze V, Quarto A, Makatsarya A, Mappa I. First-trimester Placenta Volume and Three-dimensional Vascularization. Donald School J Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol 2023; 17 (3):270-276.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1981

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-09-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


The relationship between placental size and its vascularization and perinatal pathology is well recognized. First-trimester assessment of placental volume and vascularization may predict birthweight and outcome of pregnancy. The size of the placenta can be determined by three-dimensional (3D) ultrasonography and by superimposing power Doppler (PD) its vascularization can be reliably reproduced. In this chapter, we will review the technique of obtaining placental volume and vascularization, the methodology of analysis of acquired volume, and their potential clinical applications.

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