Fetal growth: A comparison of growth curves with mathematical modeling

L. E. Shields, R. W. Huff, G. M. Jackson, D. L. Olive, R. M. Patterson

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This study compared the use of fetal growth curves with the Rossavik mathematical model in predicting third trimester fetal growth in 27 Hispanic patients. The parameters tested were BPD, HC, AC, and FL. The growth curve method of predicting third trimester fetal growth was significantly more accurate than the mathematical model for three of the four fetal parameters tested: BPD, HC, and FL. We conclude that the mathematical model method offered no advantage over the more commonly used growth curve method for predicting third trimester fetal growth. In addition, growth curves do not require complex calculations and are conceptually simpler and easier to use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Fetal growth
  • Growth curves
  • Mathematical models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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