3D MRI Offers New Options In Pediatric Imaging At Stony Brook Medical Center.

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MRI has been one of the significantly important medical imaging techniques. The procedure offers highly-detailed images with high safety profile as it does not involve radiation Stony_Brookexposure. More advances and new applications for MRI are appearing every day. For instance, Jeffrey C. Hellinger, M.D., a pediatric imaging specialist at Stony Brook University Medical Center, mentioned that 3D MRI is a new medical imaging technique that can be used for visualizing fetal anatomy and detecting disorders in the womb in various clinical conditions. 3D MRI is highlighted in July-August issue of Applied Radiology.

Dr. Hellinger and 3D MRI.

Dr. Hellinger said “Through enhanced visualization, 3D MRI improves one’s understanding and ability to display fetal anatomy. With a better understanding and display of anatomy, it enhances exam interpretation and communication,” He wrote a review titled "Fetal MRI in the Third Dimension,” which discuss more about 3D MRI, the review appears in Applied Radiology. Dr. Hellinger continued “I joined Stony Brook to help advance pediatric imaging, beginning with select imaging protocols, and this is one of them,” Dr. Hellinger joined Stony Brook in June 2010, while the launch of Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the only specialized children’s hospital east of the Nassau/Queens border, was taking place. Meanwhile, Stuart E. Mirvis, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of Applied Radiology, commented on the review written by Dr. Hellinger, he said “Our cover story this month is quite likely the first article of its kind. It is an excellent review of 3D Fetal MRI techniques…The article does more than illustrate several flashy pictures that can be generated on 3D workstations and instead shows clinical radiologists, who may not be as familiar with this technology, that not only can it be done, but there are very beneficial emerging applications.” Dr. Hellinger noted that since MRI is generally featuring high safety profile, the same is true for 3D MRI. The technique is used safely with pregnant females at Stony Brook. He also added that 3D MRI provides the ability to image a fetus while it is moving constantly, while previously, multiple 2D MRI procedures were carried out to provide images, and these procedures were time consuming and causing discomfort to pregnant females. Dr. Hellinger highlights the significant role of 3D MRI saying “That translates to a fairly long exam, an average of 30 minutes to 45 minutes. For any patient an MRI can be discomforting, let alone someone who is pregnant.”

3D MRI at Stony Brook.

3D MRI is currently used at Stony Brook for pediatric imaging. The technique is proving its potentials in a number of specialties such as Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, and Pediatric Pulmonary imaging, Allergy and Immunology. 3D MRI is also used with other imaging techniques, such as ultrasound, for better results. Paul Ogburn, M.D., Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, explained “Ultrasound serves as the standard test to evaluate non-cardiac fetal anatomy, and MRI imaging for fetal, placental, and uterine abnormalities can be useful in confirming or clarifying possible abnormalities that ultrasound detects. But because of our inability to control fetal movement in utero, the shorter time taken to get 3D MRI images of fetuses gives us a better chance of getting useful fetal images than standard 2D MRI,”