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Magnetic Resonance Imaging | Overview


Structural MRI

  • A small MR system for the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): By bringing MRI, the superior tool for diagnosing brain injury, to the most vulnerable patient population, the newborns in the NICU, they hope to make MRI more accessible to this population in need. Dr. Grant, the Newborn Medicine Division, and the Radiology Department are working with a local MR manufacturer on this project.
  • MRI hardware tailored to the size of children, motion correction imaging sequences and appropriate counseling to minimize the need for sedation and anesthesia. Dr. Grant and the hospital's radiologists and child life experts are working on this project with physicists and engineers from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biological Imaging.
  • Fetal MR Imaging including motion correction as a post-processing step to detect brain injuries and complications as early as possible.

We currently use structural MRI scans to perform the following studies:

Evolution of Cerebral Development in Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)

Infant Language and Brain Development

Diffusion MRI

Connectivity Analysis: We use Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to understand brain connectivity and explore white matter pathways