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Review of standard paediatric neuroradiology MRI protocols from 12 UK tertiary paediatric hospitals: is there much variation between centres?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dipayan Mitra


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© 2023. AIM: To investigate how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations are protocolled in tertiary paediatric neuroradiology centres around the UK for some of the more common presentations encountered in paediatric neuroradiology, and to identify any variations of note. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All 19 UK tertiary paediatric neuroradiology centres registered with the British Society of Neuroradiologists—Paediatric Group were contacted and asked if they could provide a copy of their standard MRI protocols. Twelve responded (63%) and 10 of the more common presentations were selected and the standard acquired sequences obtained at each participating centre were compared. Where available the collated protocols were also compared against current published guidance. RESULTS: The basic sequences carried out by centres around the UK are similar; however, there are lots of variations overall. The only standardised protocol currently being implemented nationally in paediatric imaging is that for brain tumours. Otherwise, chosen protocols are generally dependent on the preferences and technical capabilities of individual centres. Suggested published protocols also exist for non-accidental injury (NAI), multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and head and neck imaging. CONCLUSIONS: The differences in MRI protocolling depend in part on technical capabilities and in part on the experience and preferences of the paediatric neuroradiologists at each centre. For most presentations, there is no consensus as to what constitutes the perfect protocol. The present results will be useful for specialist centres who may wish to review their current protocols, and for more generalist centres to use as a reference to guide their MRI protocolling.

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Author(s): Secker S, Holmes H, Warren D, Avula S, Bhattacharya D, Choi S, Likeman M, Liu A, Mitra D, Oates A, Pearce K, Wheeler M, Mankad K, Batty R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Radiology

Year: 2023

Volume: 78

Issue: 12

Pages: E941-E949

Print publication date: 01/12/2023

Online publication date: 16/09/2023

Acceptance date: 21/08/2023

ISSN (print): 0009-9260

ISSN (electronic): 1365-229X

Publisher: W.B. Saunders Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.crad.2023.08.021

PubMed id: 37788968


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