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Semin Perinatol. 2015 Mar;39(2):159-67. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2015.01.009. Epub 2015 Feb 21.

MRI for neurodevelopmental prognostication in the high-risk term infant.

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Department of Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine, 111 Michigan Ave, NW Washington, DC 20010. Electronic address:


MRI performed in the neonatal period has become a tool widely used by clinicians and researchers to evaluate the developing brain. MRI can provide detailed anatomical resolution, enabling identification of brain injuries due to various perinatal insults. This review will focus on the link between neonatal MRI findings and later neurodevelopmental outcomes in high-risk term infants. In particular, the role of conventional and advanced MR imaging in prognosticating outcomes in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, ischemic perinatal stroke, need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation life support, congenital heart disease, and other neonatal neurological conditions will be discussed.


brain; developmental outcome; magnetic resonance imaging; newborn; prognosis

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