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World J Clin Pediatr. Aug 8, 2015; 4(3): 35-37
Published online Aug 8, 2015. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v4.i3.35
Limited brain magnetic resonance imaging for evaluation of non-traumatic pediatric head emergencies
Chetan Chandulal Shah, Ashishkumar K Parikh
Chetan Chandulal Shah, Ashishkumar K Parikh, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States
Chetan Chandulal Shah, Wolfson Children Hospital, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States
Author contributions: Shah CC created the outline of the article and final edits; Parikh AK did the literature search and initial draft of the article.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Chetan Chandulal Shah, MD, MBA, Wolfson Children Hospital, 807 Children’s Way, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States. chetan99@hotmail.com
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Received: January 28, 2015
Peer-review started: January 31, 2015
First decision: March 6, 2015
Revised: April 1, 2015
Accepted: May 7, 2015
Article in press: May 8, 2015
Published online: August 8, 2015
Abstract

Limited brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) consisting of axial fluid attenuated inversion recovery, axial diffusion weighted imaging, coronal single shot fast spin echo (SSFSE) and sagittal SSFSE can be performed in under 5 min of scan time. This approach may provide more information than a non-contrast head computed tomography (CT) in non-traumatic pediatric head emergency, avoid ionizing radiation from CT scan and stratify patients who need more detailed brain MRI. Research studies are required to provide evidence for feasibility of such an approach.

Keywords: Magnetic resonance imaging, Head, Brain, Pediatric head emergency, Computed tomography, Pediatric, Emergency

Core tip: Limited brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) consisting of axial fluid attenuated inversion recovery, axial diffusion weighted imaging, coronal single shot fast spin echo (SSFSE) and sagittal SSFSE can be performed in under 5 min of scan time. This approach may provide more information than a non-contrast head computed tomography (CT) in non-traumatic pediatric head emergency, avoid ionizing radiation from CT scan and stratify patients who need more detailed brain MRI. Research studies are required to provide evidence for feasibility of such an approach.