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Dolores H. Pretorius

Dolores H. Pretorius MD, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU

Director, Professor | La Jolla, California    United States of America
Diagnostic Radiology, Body Imaging,...More
Spoken at 23 events
Speaking at 1 event

Biography :

Dolores H. Pretorius, MD, is a board-certified radiologist who specializes in fetal imaging and ultrasound imaging. As the director of fetal imaging at UC San Diego Health’s Maternal-Fetal Care and Genetics, she performs ultrasound scans on expectant mothers to check for problems with fetal development or other problems during pregnancy. During fetal imaging examinations, Dr. Pretorius may make diagnoses that help guide treatment for a woman or her baby before and after birth. She also performs ultrasound examinations on adults and children.

Dr. Pretorius has been involved in obstetrical ultrasound research for more than 30 years, and her work has helped develop the field of three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound imaging. Her textbook, Diagnostic Ultrasound of Fetal Anomalies – Text and Atlas, which she co-authored in 2003, has been used as a reference worldwide. Her other current research interests include developing clinical applications for 3D ultrasound in obstetrics. Dr. Pretorius has also worked on the use of 3D ultrasound in areas such as measurement accuracy, interventional radiology, and the female pelvic floor.

She is widely published, having co-authored books, book chapters, abstracts, and over 215 articles. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Journal of Perinatology, and the New England Journal of Medicine, among others. Dr. Pretorius serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine and is a peer reviewer for numerous medical journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, among others. She frequently speaks at national and international medical conferences.

She completed a fellowship in body imaging at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a residency in radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Pretorius earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is board-certified in diagnostic radiology.

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Diagnostic Radiology, Body Imaging, Fetal Anomalies, Multiple Gestation, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Fetal Imaging, Maternal-Fetal Care, Fetal Ultrasound, 3D Ultrasound in Obstetrics, Interventional Radiology, Ultrasound Imaging

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MOC / CME / CE Requirements
Virginia Board of Medicine

Virginia Board of Medicine accepts the courses that are endorsed by ACCME and grants AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

MD/DO Requirement:

CME Credits Required : 60.00 | Licensing Cycle AMA PRA : 2 Years | Category Credits : 30.00



  • 60 hours of CME for every 2 years followed by immediate preceding renewal
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be under Category 1, of which 2 hours must be in pain management, proper prescribing of controlled substances, and the diagnosis of management of addiction.
  • OCC/MOC is not specifically addressed, but an endorsement of recertification by a specialty board is admitted as a substitute by the Virginia Board of Medicine.