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Fetal Assessment

Preface
Fetal Monitoring

Anthony O. Odibo, MD, MSCE George A. Macones, MD, MSCE


Guest Editors

It has been a great privilege for us to be invited as guest editors for this edition of Clinics
in Perinatology devoted to Fetal Monitoring. Recent developments in perinatology
especially with respect to attempts at steamlining the terminology used in categorizing
intrapartum fetal monitoring demonstrate the importance of the chosen topic for this
edition.
It is evident that tailoring our monitoring efforts to those pregnancies determined
to be at the highest risk will produce the best results in our attempt at preventing peri-
natal morbidity and mortality. This edition therefore begins with a review of screening
efforts at identifying at-risk pregnancies by Tuuli and Odibo. This is followed by an
overview of clinical paradigms used for classifying fetal growth restriction by Jason
Gardosi. The next series of articles are devoted to monitoring at-risk pregnancies
with specific emphasis on amniotic fluid volume, biophysical profile, and electronic
fetal monitoring.
The evaluation of high-risk fetuses using Doppler sonography has been deliberately
split into four articles to provide a more detailed review of the role of the multiple
vessels that are being proposed. We have invited the experts in the current use of
Doppler technology to accomplish the above aim.

Clin Perinatol 38 (2011) xiii–xiv


doi:10.1016/j.clp.2010.12.011 perinatology.theclinics.com
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The final articles are devoted to intrapartum monitoring including a review of the
STAN technique currently used in some centers in Europe.

Anthony O. Odibo, MD, MSCE


Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine
St Louis, MO 63110, USA
George A. Macones, MD, MSCE
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8064
St Louis, MO 63110, USA
E-mail addresses:
Odiboa@wudosis.wustl.edu (A.O. Odibo)
Maconesg@wudosis.wustl.edu (G.A. Macones)