Intraoperative portable 0.12-tesla MRI in pediatric neurosurgery

Jonathan Roth, Liana Beni Adani, Naresh Biyani, Shlomi Constantini*

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Intraoperative MRI (iMRI) is used mainly in the adult neurosurgical population. The main indications for iMRI usage are resection control and updated intraoperative navigation capabilities. In this paper we present our experience using this tech nique in children. Specific advantages of iMRI for this age group are discussed. Methods and Results: We retrospectively reviewed 31 pediatric neurosurgical procedures in which a portable iMRI system was used. The indications for iMRI usage were preoperative navigation, resection control during tumor removal, shunt placements, and needle biopsy. In 7 children the use of the iMRI changed the course of the surgical procedure. Operative morbidity and mortality were not increased with use of the iMRI. Conclusions: iMRI systems have advantages for the pediatric neurosurgical population, including both real-time basic navigation and improved resection control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Intraoperative MRI
  • Multicystic hydrocephalus
  • Navigation
  • Resection control


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