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OBJECTIVES Levels of maternal serum markers of fetal Down syndrome in pregnancies conceived after assisted reproduction are different from those of normal spontaneous pregnancies. The present study examined the effects of conventional in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and embryo cryopreservation on nuchal translucency(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the new XI VOCAL (eXtended Imaging Virtual Organ Computer-aided Analysis) for three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound measurement of fetal volume with the conventional multiplanar technique and a rotational method using VOCAL. METHODS We acquired 3D volume datasets from 30 fetuses at 11-14 weeks of gestation using a commercially available(More)
ABSTRACTThe aim of this study was to assess the usability of a new Internet-based Caregiver Support Service (ICSS) and evaluate its effects on health outcomes of Chinese Canadians who cared for a family member with dementia. Demographic and questionnaire data were collected from 28 participants, and in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 participants.(More)
Between January 1987 and December 1990, 60 fetuses were found to have renal abnormalities on antenatal ultrasonography. Six fetuses were aborted because of major renal abnormalities with or without associated chromosomal aberrations. Twelve babies with major renal abnormalities died in the immediate neonatal period. Forty-two babies were studied after birth(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of placental volume measured by three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound in predicting fetal homozygous alpha(0)-thalassemia (Hb-Bart's disease). METHODS From June 2002 to May 2004 singleton pregnancies at risk of alpha(0)-thalassemia and normal controls were studied prospectively at 9-12 weeks of gestation. Affected fetuses were(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prenatal diagnostic accuracy of two-dimensional ultrasound (2DUS) alone versus 2DUS in conjunction with three-dimensional ultrasonography (3DUS) including orthogonal display (OGD) and three-dimensional extended Imaging for cleft lip and primary palate. MATERIALS AND METHOD Fetuses being suspected of having a facial cleft by(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate in maternal plasma, the efficacy of detecting the paternal beta-gene mutation and informative single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) linked to the paternal-mutant or -normal allele in non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPND). STUDY DESIGN In 20 at-risk pregnancies, using the allele-specific arrayed primer extension (AS-APEX)(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare XI VOCAL (eXtended Imaging Virtual Organ Computer-aided AnaLysis) for three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound volumetry of the placenta and of phantom objects with a rotational method using VOCAL and with the multiplanar method. METHODS We acquired 3D volume datasets from 32 fetuses at 11-14 weeks' gestation. Placental volume was(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of a nuchal scan at 10 to 14 + 6 weeks and a detailed morphology scan at 12 to 14 + 6 weeks in screening for fetal structural abnormalities. METHODS From March 2001 to November 2004, 8811 pregnant women were randomized into either the control group (10 to 14 + 6-week nuchal scan followed by routine 16-23-week scan)(More)
Case control studies in the Caucasian population showed that maternal serum inhibin-A is elevated in Down syndrome pregnancies and may be a useful second-trimester marker in addition to human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Data in the Asian population are lacking. We measured inhibin-A levels in the stored maternal sera of 49(More)