Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 992–998 | Cite as

Clinical safety of 3-T brain magnetic resonance imaging in newborns

  • Monica Fumagalli
  • Claudia Maria Cinnante
  • Sonia Francesca Calloni
  • Gabriele Sorrentino
  • Ilaria Gorla
  • Laura Plevani
  • Nicola Pesenti
  • Ida Sirgiovanni
  • Fabio Mosca
  • Fabio Triulzi
Original Article



The effects and potential hazards of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3 T in newborns are debated.


Assess the impact of 3-T MRI in newborns on body temperature and physiological parameters.

Material and methods

Forty-nine newborns, born preterm and at term, underwent 3-T brain MRI at term-corrected age. Rectal and skin temperature, oxygen saturation and heart rate were recorded before, during and after the scan.


A statistically significant increase in skin temperature of 0.6 °C was observed at the end of the MRI scan (P<0.01). There was no significant changes in rectal temperature, heart rate or oxygen saturation.


Core temperature, heart rate and oxygen saturation in newborns were not affected by 3-T brain MR scanning.


3 Tesla Body temperature Brain Heart rate Magnetic resonance imaging Neonates Oxygen saturation Physiological parameters Safety 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Fumagalli
    • 1
  • Claudia Maria Cinnante
    • 2
  • Sonia Francesca Calloni
    • 3
  • Gabriele Sorrentino
    • 1
  • Ilaria Gorla
    • 1
  • Laura Plevani
    • 4
  • Nicola Pesenti
    • 1
  • Ida Sirgiovanni
    • 1
  • Fabio Mosca
    • 1
  • Fabio Triulzi
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.NICU, Department of Clinical Sciences & Community Health, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore PoliclinicoUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Neuroradiology UnitFondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore PoliclinicoMilanItaly
  3. 3.Postgraduation School in RadiodiagnosticsUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  4. 4.Nursing coordinator S.I.T.R.A. Basic Education Sector–Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive CareFondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore PoliclinicoMilanItaly
  5. 5.Department of Pathophysiology and TransplantationUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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