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06 Mar

The role of ultrasound in fetal medicine and its imaging challenges

by Benedetta Biffi


Ultrasound is a safe, non-expensive and accurate health technology imaging widely used in pregnancy. It has been demonstrated to improve women and babies’ outcome in several conditions, including fetal structural anomalies, fetal growth restriction and preterm labour. However, new challenges in the use of ultrasound are arising. From a clinical perspective, clinical evidence supporting its wide use as a screening tool in low risk pregnancies is lacking. From a research and development perspective, imaging technology innovation should support better diagnostic capacity. In the final seminar for Term Two, Mr. Raffaele Napolitano will cover the topic on the use of ultrasound in clinical practice, as well as how imaging improvement can influence future progress in fetal medicine.


Mr. Raffaele Napolitano is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at University College Hospital (UCLH) with a special interest in fetal growth restriction, preterm labour and neurosonography. At UCLH he is the lead clinician for the Ultrasound Screening Unit and one of the developer of the Training Programme in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine. He obtained his certificate of completion of training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Naples, Federico II, Italy, during which he conducted a fellowship in Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital, London. Following this, he worked as a Post Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and undertook the Subspecialty Training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He was awarded the Subspecialty accreditation by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2016. In 2017 he was awarded a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Naples, Federico II, producing a thesis on the development and growth of fetal brain structures using ultrasound as part of the INTERGROWTH-21ST Project. He is an active member of the TRUFFLE group studying fetal growth restriction and he has over 30 peer-reviewed publications.


Date: Tuesday, 13 March
Location: Roberts Building, G08, Sir David Davies LT (map)
18.00 – 19.00: Seminar
19.00 – 20.00: Drinks reception


Benedetta Biffi

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