Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 50–55 | Cite as

Pediatric neuro MRI: tricks to minimize sedation

  • Matthew J. Barkovich
  • Duan Xu
  • Rahul S. Desikan
  • Cassandra Williams
  • A. James Barkovich
Minisymposium: Minimizing sedation in pediatric MRI


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the workhorse modality in pediatric neuroimaging because it provides excellent soft-tissue contrast without ionizing radiation. Until recently, studies were uninterpretable without sedation; however, given development of shorter sequences, sequences that correct for motion, and studies showing the potentially deleterious effects of sedation on immature laboratory animals, it is prudent to minimize sedation when possible. This manuscript provides basic guidelines for performing pediatric neuro MRI without sedation by both modifying technical factors to reduce scan time and noise, and using a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate imaging with the patient’s biorhythms.


Anesthesia Children Magnetic resonance imaging Neuroradiology Sedation 



Dr. A. J. Barkovich receives funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for grant R01NS046432.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew J. Barkovich
    • 1
  • Duan Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rahul S. Desikan
    • 1
  • Cassandra Williams
    • 2
  • A. James Barkovich
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Diagnostic ImagingUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUCSF-Benioff Children’s HospitalSan FranciscoUSA

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