Clinical safety of 3-T brain magnetic resonance imaging in newborns

Monica Fumagalli, Claudia Maria Cinnante, Sonia Francesca Calloni, Gabriele Sorrentino, Ilaria Gorla, Laura Plevani, Nicola Pesenti, Ida Sirgiovanni, Fabio Mosca, Fabio Triulzi

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Background: The effects and potential hazards of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3 T in newborns are debated. Objective: Assess the impact of 3-T MRI in newborns on body temperature and physiological parameters. Material and methods: Forty-nine newborns, born preterm and at term, underwent 3-T brain MRI at term-corrected age. Rectal and skin temperature, oxygen saturation and heart rate were recorded before, during and after the scan. Results: A statistically significant increase in skin temperature of 0.6 °C was observed at the end of the MRI scan (P<0.01). There was no significant changes in rectal temperature, heart rate or oxygen saturation. Conclusion: Core temperature, heart rate and oxygen saturation in newborns were not affected by 3-T brain MR scanning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-998
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Radiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • 3 Tesla
  • Body temperature
  • Brain
  • Heart rate
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neonates
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Physiological parameters
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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