Working together to improve non-invasive assessments of fetal lung maturation via the creation of an algorithm to aid in the analysis of quantitative Diffusion-Weighted MRI.
It is imperative for doctors to have a clear measure of lung maturation prior to delivery as this is a key indicator of a newborn infant's ability to breath independetly after birth.
Generally a preterm infant, born after 36 weeks gestation, will have the necessary lung development to breath independently.
However, maldevelopment of the fetal lung could lead to life-threatening respiratory failure due to pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension.
Our work will provide accurate information about the fetal lung maturation enabling doctors to life-saving decisions.
Funding by: The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)