MRI is a powerful tool to assess neurological abnormalities in preterm babies. However, performing an MR scan on a neonate can be hazardous: positioning the baby inside the scanner, sedation, making sûre only MR-compatible material is used… Anyone that has performed or seen an MR exam of a neonate knows how cumbersome it is. This is where an MRI-compatible incubator comes in handy.
MRI-compatible incubators preserve the environmental cocoon of the incubator, maintaining temperature and ventilation stability and reducing the need to handle infants in the MRI environment. This reduces risks, increases the number of infants that can benefit from an MR exam and saves time in the MR suite. Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria have just published the results of a study on how the MRI-compatible incubator affects clinical management. Read more on the September issue of the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology (2010, Vol. 14:5, pp. 410-417).

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