View Full Version : fMRI Shows Brain Connection and Development in Fetus

08-09-13, 11:06 AM
Research being done on fetuses in utero may help prevent and treat mental
disorders such as autism, ADHD and dyslexia.

The research, funded partly by the NIH and Wayne State, included 25 unborn babies between 24 to 38 weeks of gestation. They found that using functional MRI–a process that measures oxygen and blood flow in the brain—“snapshots during pregnancy can visually show brain connection networks in the fetus and their development,” according to Mary Posani, writing for Medill Reports.

The scans [a sample of which you can watch in real time (] show that brain connectivity develops not after the baby is born but in utero. And by comparing the scans at slightly different stages of development, researchers were able to pinpoint when different parts of the brain “wire up.” (

08-09-13, 12:02 PM
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First snaps made of fetal brains wiring themselves up (