Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the brain. Id does not use radiations, but simple radio waves (noisy sounds), and that's why it is completely safe.
How is the test done?
A staff person will explain the test and will answer all your questions. Infants may wear their own clothes for the MRI scan as long as there are no metal objects such as zippers or snaps. Due to the strength of the magnetic field, all metal objects, including pins, jewellery, clothing with sparkles, and credit cards, must be removed before going into the scanning room. Dental fillings are not a problem.
The MRI staff will secure your baby with soft wraps and blankets.Your baby will lie on the imaging bed, which moves in and out of the opening smoothly. The inside of the machine is lit and air moves through it, so it is comfortable. The scanner does not touch your baby. It makes a loud thumping or tapping sound. Your baby will wear earplugs to protect him from the noise. You can enter the scanning room with your baby, if you like.
The MRI usually takes 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of experiment. The exact time will be told you in advance.
Through this simple method we are able to explore changes in brain connectivity related to pathological processes, but also changes induced by our interventions, which tell us a lot on the validity of the specific strategies of early intervention that we explore in our studies.