Pediatric Radiology

, 37:749 | Cite as

Diffusion-weighted imaging of the brain in infants and children

  • Richard L. RobertsonEmail author
  • Charles M. Glasier


During the last decade, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has become an important tool in the evaluation of a variety of disorders of the central nervous system in children. DWI relies on variability in the diffusivity of water molecules in the presence of a supplemental diffusion-sensitizing gradient to produce image contrast. Pathologic states alter the diffusion characteristics of brain water in a reproducible fashion. In this review, the DWI appearances of a number of common abnormalities of the brain in infants and children are presented.


Brain Infants Children Diffusion MR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Main 2Children’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyArkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical ScienceLittle RockUSA

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