Journal article

Individualised MRI training for paediatric neuroimaging: A child-focused approach

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



Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in paediatric cohorts is often complicated by reluctance to enter the scanner and head motion-related imaging artefacts. The process is particularly challenging for children with neurodevelopmental disorders where coping with novel task demands in an unfamiliar setting may be more difficult due to symptom-related deficits or distress. These issues often give rise to excessive head motion that can significantly reduce the quality of images acquired, or render data unusable. Here we report an individualised MRI training procedure that enables children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to better tolerate the MRI scanner environment based on a child-focused ap..

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Awarded by Centre of Research Excellence Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted within the Developmental Imaging research group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Children's MRI Centre, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria. It was supported by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Royal Children's Hospital, Department of Paediatrics The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The project was generously supported by RCH1000, a unique arm of The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation devoted to raising funds for research at The Royal Children's Hospital. This research was facilitated through access to Twins Research Australia, a national resource supported by a Centre of Research Excellence Grant (ID: 1079102), from the National Health and Medical Research Council. The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.