Human Placenta Project Research Findings

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development’s Human Placenta Project is an effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human placenta and to enable the development of safe, noninvasive, real-time assessment of human placenta development and function across pregnancy.

Magnetic resonance imaging machine in a hospital room.

Advancing Early Detection of Placenta Accreta Spectrum Disorders

This NICHD-funded team is testing new, safer imaging agents to detect placenta accreta early in pregnancy.

Close-up image of a healthcare provider using an ultrasound machine on a pregnant parent’s belly.

Using Wave Reflection Ultrasound To Assess Placental Function 

NICHD-funded researchers are using wave reflection ultrasound to find early stages of placental disease.

Graphical representation of a fetus in utero.

Identifying High-Risk Pregnancies with Photoacoustic Imaging

Researchers funded by NICHD are studying noninvasive ways to measure placental oxygenation.

A healthcare provider uses an ultrasound machine on a pregnant parent’s belly as they both watch the screen in the hospital room.

Leveraging New Imaging Tools to Monitor Placental Dysfunction

With NICHD funds, researchers are creating tools to observe placental problems during pregnancy.

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