Transport, monitoring, and successful brain MR imaging in unsedated neonates

Amit M. Mathur, Jeffrey J. Neil, Robert C. McKinstry, Terrie E. Inder

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Abstract

Neonatal cerebral MR imaging is a sensitive technique for evaluating brain injury in the term and preterm infant. In term encephalopathic infants, MR imaging reliably detects not only the pattern of brain injury but might also provide clues about the timing of injury. In premature infants, MR imaging has surpassed US in the detection of white matter injury, a common lesion in this population. Concerns remain about the safety and transport of sedated neonates for MR examination to radiology suites, which are usually located at a distance from neonatal intensive care units. We present our own institutional experience and guidelines used to optimize the performance of cerebral MR examinations in neonates without sedation or anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-264
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric radiology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Brain imaging
  • Newborn

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