Sonographic Assessment of the Umbilical Cord

Di Naro, Edoardo; Raio, Luigi; Cromi, Antonella; Giocolano, Alessandra (2012). Sonographic Assessment of the Umbilical Cord. Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6(1), pp. 66-75. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers 10.5005/jp-journals-10009-1227

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The umbilical cord is not an inert structure, suspended between the fetus and placenta, but it plays an active role and it is involved in several processes afflicting the feto-placental unit. Its study has to be regarding not only its morphology and morphometry, and the impendance of blood flow by Doppler waveform analysis, but it includes also an analysis of the coiling type and the amount of the Wharton Jelly. The umbilical cord has been considered like an important and huge source of informations, useful to assess the well-being of the fetus and the outcome of pregnancy. The standardization of ultrasound techniques is the first step to speak the same language and make the study of this structure a fundamental part of well-being fetus assessment. This article is carefully focused on morphologic, morphometric and functional ultrasound examination of umbilical cord and suggests that any anomaly detected should provide an indication for an intense fetal follow-up, useful for early helpful therapy, preventing serious complication for the pregnancy.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

UniBE Contributor:

Raio, Luigi


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers




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04 Oct 2013 14:41

Last Modified:

09 Dec 2014 21:48

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URI: (FactScience: 224528)

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