Journal article

Individualised MRI training for paediatric neuroimaging in autism spectrum disorders: A child-focused approach

Emmanuel Peng Kiat Pua, Sarah Barton, Katrina Williams, Jeffrey Craig, Marc Seal

Published : 2018

Abstract

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in paediatric cohorts is often complicated by reluctance to enter the scanner and head motion-related imaging artefacts. The MRI scanner environment is highly unusual and may distress younger cohorts, especially in children with sensory sensitivity and separation anxiety. The issue is particularly challenging in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), where delivery of instructions for novel task demands in an unfamiliar setting may be limited or less effective due to communication disorder or intellectual disability. These issues together often give rise to excessive head motion that can significantly reduce the quality of images acquired, or render d..

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