Instrument monitoring of vital signs in neonates undergoing magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can be difficult because of the unique environmental restrictions imposed by the imager. The authors present their experience with monitoring more than 50 newborn infants and discuss the interaction of monitoring devices with the MR imager. Several MR-compatible monitors allow continuous evaluation of body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and auscultation of heart sounds and respiration in mechanically ventilated infants. Signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio measurements taken during imaging of the head of an infant with these monitors in place did not differ appreciably from the ratio obtained during imaging without monitors. Tip angles should be optimized to account for widely varying head size among neonates, since adverse monitoring effects are significantly compounded by improper tip angle adjustment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging