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Abstract #4053

Cervix heterogeneity: recommendations for scanning the non-pregnant cervix

Elisenda Bonet-Carne1, Jana Hutter2, Daniel C. Alexander1, Andrew H. Shennan3, Mary A. Rutherford2, Eleftheria Panagiotaki1, and Lisa Story2,3

1Centre for Medical Image Computing, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 2Centre for the Developing Brain, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom, 3Division of Women’s Health, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom

Imaging the non-pregnant cervix requires some unique considerations. The cervix has numerous functions including ensuring the fetus is maintained within the uterine cavity until the onset of labour. Alterations in the integrity of cervical tissue are purported to be one of the mechanisms which may contribute to preterm delivery. Quantitative MRI techniques can be used to characterise tissue microstructure however this has not been applied to date to the non-pregnant cervix in the absence of malignancy. This works aims to highlight some limitations and aspects to consider prior to scanning a non-pregnant cervix.

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