MRI of Children

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


MRI in children with epilepsies is different for mainly two reasons: 1) Children are generally unable to lie still for MRI. In order to acquire high-resolution MR images general anaesthesia is the preferred sedation method. 2) Ongoing myelination during the first two or three years of life make MR interpretation difficult. In the first 6 months of life, high resolution T2-weighted images have the highest diagnostic potential. During the phase of signal reversal (between 6 and 18 months of age) it may be difficult to detect epileptogenic lesions. If a MRI scan is “negative” at this age, it should be repeated after the age of 2 or 3. 


Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Febrile Seizure Magnetization Transfer Hippocampal Sclerosis Focal Cortical Dysplasia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EpileptologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Department of NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospital FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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