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Brain MRI, the most used test in neuropediatric

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, is used with children to help diagnose a wide range of diseases that are the result of injuries, conditions or congenital abnormalities. One of the most common is MRI for brain injury the is the most widely used test in pediatric neurology to analyze the brain and spinal cord because with it you can clearly see the brain structures through the skull and skull bones as well as the spine without radiation.

Compared to other imaging procedures such as Radiology or CT, MRI does not use radiation but very powerful magnets and radio waves without causing any side effects in patients. For this reason, MRI and ultrasound are the safest and most harmless techniques for obtaining images.

Structural brain injury

When submitting a child to an MRI, the symptoms and the information received by the neuro pediatrician, the specialist who will work in collaboration with the radiologist in the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases in children, must be previously assessed. minor patients.

Brain MRI is a technique used when a structural brain injury is suspected. It is an essential test for pathologies that involve variations in the brain structure such as infantile cerebral palsy, malformations, sequelae of trauma or infection and in some types of epilepsy.

Recent studies and research indicate that diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging provides new information on brain networks associated with autism.

In order to carry out a complete study of vascular diseases, tumors, neurodegenerative processes and also prior to brain surgery, simple Magnetic Resonance images are combined with other special resonance techniques such as spectroscopy, diffusion, perfusion, angiography, tractography and MRI. functional.

Brain and spine

On the other hand, MRIs of the brain and spine are used to find brain abnormalities such as cysts, tumors, bleeding, swelling, or problems with blood vessels; locate brain damage due to injury or stroke; test for ongoing headaches, dizziness, weakness, blurred vision, or seizures; define infections or autoimmune diseases; discover chronic diseases of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis; locate difficulties in the pituitary gland and brain stem; determine the cause of the developmental delay; assess degenerated or herniated spinal discs; examine the bones of the spine to identify congenital or acquired abnormalities and detail the condition of the nerve tissue within the spinal cord


Before performing an MRI on children, it is not necessary to carry out any type of preparation, but in the case of children under 6 years of age and children who cannot collaborate, the option of sedation is valued in order to obtain good quality images.

This sedation will be performed by a specialist doctor who will be present throughout the test. On these occasions, fasting is recommended prior to the test, the duration of which will be indicated by the anesthesiologist.

Lately, the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging has increased in the neonatal period, in very premature infants and in very sick newborns because it increases their survival, although this entails the exposure of newborns to the possible risks of sedative medication. There are studies of large neonatal units that analyze the possibility of performing an MRI without sedation with measures focused on neurodevelopment.


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