The World’s Smallest MRI Scanner For The Smallest Patients
MRI’s are an important diagnostic imaging tool that can help give doctors answers to the most important questions. The world’s smallest MRI scanners are being used to do just that, scan the brains of newborn babies. While we can’t deny that these MRI scanners are adorable, these miniature scanners have an important role in giving doctors and insight into the brain structures of premature babies and make any abnormalities more clear.
The Development Of The World’s Smallest MRI Scanner
It took 12 years to completely develop the two miniature MRI scanners, one of which is in a maternity hospital in the UK. This new scanner was created to test for brain abnormalities and gain a better insight on the birth complications they may be experiencing. The technology was geared primarily towards newborns that are born prematurely because of the health complications that are often associated with preemies.
How MRI’s Are Helping Babies
These scanners are tiny to help minimize the movements of the newborns and ensure the best image quality can be created. The miniature MRI scanners can conveniently be stored in the neonatal unit, ridding of the need to move the babies to another part of the hospital.
MRI’s are especially useful with newborns because they can give doctors on the many concerns with premature babies and assist in better explaining any complications to parents.
Why Miniature MRI’s And Not Ultrasound?
Ultrasounds have been used in the past to help answer the questions involved with premature babies, but MRI’s are more effective at delivering the best image of these tiny brains. Since newborn babies skulls are not yet fused, the sound waves used with ultrasound scanners travels through certain parts of the brain which mean some parts of the brain cannot be viewed.
In comparison to ultrasound, MRI’s create detailed images of the entire brain and surrounding anatomy. MRI’s can help doctors better explain diagnoses to parents and show a wide range of brain abnormalities, particularly those that occur because of a lack of oxygen or blood supply.
We love how MRI’s can help even the smallest patients and help give important answers to the vital questions neonatal physicians face with premature infants.