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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2015, Vol. 42 Issue (6): 757-762    DOI: 10.12891/ceog1913.2015
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Efficacy of fetal thigh volumetry in predicting birth weight using the virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL) technique
J. Park1, T. H. Kim1, *(), H. H. Lee1
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon (Republic of Korea)
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Abstract  
Objectives: The present study was conducted to compare the accuracy of formulas used to calculate fetal thigh volume (FTV) using the virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL) technique with two-dimensional (2D) in formulas predicting birth weight. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective, cross-sectional study of 84 pregnant women with 72 hours of delivery evaluated at a university hospital between May, 2008 and April, 2010. After 2D ultrasounds (US) measurement, 3DUS was also used to determine FTV with estimates computed using the VOCAL program. Results: The correlation between fetal weight predicted by the 3D equation of FTV and the actual birth weight was significant. While FTV and the Hadlock II equation exhibited a low sensitivity for detection of low-birthweight infants, FTV was a more sensitive method of detecting high-birth-weight infants than the Hadlock II equation. Conclusions: It is clear that using 3DUS-VOCAL to measure FTV provides more accurate estimation of fetal birth weight.
Key words:  Birth weight      Fetus      Thigh      Ultrasonography      Prenatal     
Published:  10 December 2015     
*Corresponding Author(s):  T. H. KIM     E-mail:  heeobgy@schmc.ac.kr

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J. Park, T. H. Kim, H. H. Lee. Efficacy of fetal thigh volumetry in predicting birth weight using the virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL) technique. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2015, 42(6): 757-762.

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