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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 999–1009 | Cite as

New MR sequences (diffusion, perfusion, spectroscopy) in brain tumours

  • Andrea RossiEmail author
  • Carlo Gandolfo
  • Giovanni Morana
  • Mariasavina Severino
  • Maria Luisa Garrè
  • Armando Cama
Review

Abstract

While MRI has been instrumental in significantly improving care in children harbouring brain tumours, conventional sequences lack information regarding functional parameters including cellularity, haemodynamics and metabolism. Advanced MR imaging modalities, such as diffusion (including diffusion tensor imaging and fibre tractography), perfusion and spectroscopy have significantly improved our understanding of the physiopathology of brain tumours and have provided invaluable additional information for treatment planning and monitoring of treatment results. The contribution of these methods to the characterization of brain neoplasms in children is the focus of the present manuscript.

Keywords

Brain MR Diffusion Perfusion Spectroscopy Child 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Rossi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlo Gandolfo
    • 1
  • Giovanni Morana
    • 1
  • Mariasavina Severino
    • 1
  • Maria Luisa Garrè
    • 2
  • Armando Cama
    • 3
  1. 1.Pediatric NeuroradiologyG. Gaslini Children’s Research HospitalGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Pediatric Neuro-oncologyG. Gaslini Children’s Research HospitalGenovaItaly
  3. 3.Pediatric NeurosurgeryG. Gaslini Children’s Research HospitalGenovaItaly

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