To celebrate the New Year, the January 2022 issue of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology has been made completely free to read.

The Editors and I have selected a line-up of high-impact research papers from around the globe, covering an array of topics, including artificial intelligence, miscarriage, endometriosis, pre-eclampsia screening and non-invasive prenatal testing.

Among many contributions from leading experts in the field are the latest cutting-edge research on stillbirth prediction from Kypros Nicolaides’ group, an exhaustive systematic review on first-trimester ultrasound detection of fetal heart anomalies from Aris Papageorghiou’s group, a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial from Lil Valentin and colleagues comparing reproductive outcome after treatment of early miscarriage by vaginal misoprostol vs expectant management, and an interrupted time series analysis from Basky Thilaganathan and colleagues on the impact of first-trimester pre-eclampsia screening on the incidence of small-for-gestational age at birth.

Another highlight of the issue is the topical study of Martinez-Portilla and colleagues who report, in one of the largest cohorts of pregnant women with COVID-19 to date, the clinical and socioeconomic factors associated with maternal mortality in Mexico, helping identify those who would benefit most from vaccination.

The study selected for this month’s Video Abstract demonstrates the feasibility and effectiveness of first-trimester screening for placenta accreta spectrum by ultrasound assessment of the lower uterine segment scar in women with prior Cesarean delivery. The video features striking graphics to illustrate this piece of research, the findings of which should aid in reducing the high burden of maternal morbidity and mortality associated with this disorder.

The eye-catching image on this month’s cover, by Parović and Parezanović, shows high-definition flow imaging of portal vein dilatation in a case of infracardiac type of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection.

To read for free the entire January 2022 issue, click here. May I take this opportunity to thank all our contributors, referees and readers, and of course the Editors and entire Editorial team of UOG, and wish you all a happy and healthy 2022!

Anthony Odibo Editor-in-Chief, UOG

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