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Pediatr Radiol. 2007 Aug;37(8):789-97. Epub 2007 May 9.

Magnetic resonance imaging protocols for paediatric neuroradiology.

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Department of Radiology, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Great Ormond Street, London, UK.


Increasingly, radiologists are encouraged to have protocols for all imaging studies and to include imaging guidelines in care pathways set up by the referring clinicians. This is particularly advantageous in MRI where magnet time is limited and a radiologist's review of each patient's images often results in additional sequences and longer scanning times without the advantage of improvement in diagnostic ability. The difficulties of imaging small children and the challenges presented to the radiologist as the brain develops are discussed. We present our protocols for imaging the brain and spine of children based on 20 years experience of paediatric neurological MRI. The protocols are adapted to suit children under the age of 2 years, small body parts and paediatric clinical scenarios.

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