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Published: 2014-08-18

First Experience with Neonatal Examinations with the Use of MR-Compatible Incubator

Monika Bekiesińska-Figatowska, Sylwia Szkudlińska-Pawlak, Anna Romaniuk-Doroszewska, Marek Duczkowski, Beata Iwanowska, Agnieszka Duczkowska, Jarosław Mądzik, Hanna Brągoszewska

(Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Institute of Mother and Child, Warsaw, Poland)

Pol J Radiol 2014; 79:268-274

DOI: 10.12659/PJR.890371


Background: Since 2003, very few publications have described brain examinations using neonatal MR-compatible incubator (INC). The authors present their first experience in these examinations, not limited to brain scans, with the use of an incubator equipped not only with head coil, but also with a coil designed for examinations of the spinal canal and spinal cord as well as the whole body, at the Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw.
Material and Methods: Examinations were performed in 27 newborns (12 girls, 15 boys). Most of the neonates were prematurely born: 19 (70.4%) were born at gestational age of 23–37 weeks, mean of 30 weeks. They were examined at the corrected age of 26 weeks–1 month, mean of 36 weeks. Body weight of the newborns on the day of the study was 600–4,300 g, mean of 2,654 g. The study was performed with a GE Signa HDxT 1.5 T system with the use of a Nomag IC 1.5 incubator by Lammers Medical Technology Co., equipped with three coils: an eight-channel, phased-array head coil and a twelve-channel phased-array coil for the whole body, consisting of an eight-channel coil integrated in the incubator and a separate four-channel surface coil.
Results: Of the 27 children, 25 (92.6%) required a brain scan. Two children (7.4%) were referred to MRI for assessment of the spinal canal and the abdomen. We compared the results of transfontanelle ultrasound and MRI scans in 21 children. MRI provided significantly more diagnostic information in 18 cases (85.7%); in 3 cases (14.3%), no additional knowledge about the pathology was provided by the exam.
Conclusions: The MR-compatible incubator increases the avail... read more

Keywords: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MR-Compatible Incubator, neonates



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