Neonatology pp 1118-1130 | Cite as

Neuroimaging Studies

  • Luca A. Ramenghi
  • Petra S. Hüppi


Many years have passed since the introduction of cranial transfontanellar ultrasound (CUS) to diagnose acquired brain lesions in neonates. CUS remains an important technique in the daily practice of neonatal units but major improvements have been obtained by combining different imaging modalities. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the modality that allows assessment of the developing brain in great detail because of its resolving power and non-invasiveness. MR techniques are unique in that they provide not only detailed structural but also metabolic and functional information without the use of ionizing radiation. Conventional MRI is therefore now widely used for identifying normal and pathologic brain morphology, and giving objective information about the structure of the neonatal brain during development and injury.


White Matter Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Diffusion Weight Imaging Conventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Perinatal Asphyxia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca A. Ramenghi
    • 1
  • Petra S. Hüppi
  1. 1.Division of NeonatologyGiannina Gaslini Children’s HospitalGenoaItaly

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