Cerebral development and MRI

  • C. Raybaud
  • N. Girard

Abstract

The development of the brain in the first months of life is characterised by morphological changes (growth and shape) and by histological changes (cel-lularity and myelination). Morphology is of course inexquisitely depicted by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but the maturational changes — water and lipid contents, cellularity — are also reflected in MRI. Since the development of the brain follows a constant, species specific course, identification of the normal milestones is possible, as is an understanding of the disease processes leading to impairment of cerebral function in the growing child. To understand the potential of MRI in this clinical context, it is necessary to recall the basic principles of MRI of the brain, and the steps in the cerebral development.

Keywords

Cholesterol Migration Depression Germinal Neurol 

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