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Neonatal ischemic brain injury: what every radiologist needs to know.

Summary of "Neonatal ischemic brain injury: what every radiologist needs to know."

We present a pictorial review of neonatal ischemic brain injury and look at its pathophysiology, imaging features and differential diagnoses from a radiologist's perspective. The concept of perinatal stroke is defined and its distinction from hypoxic-ischemic injury is emphasized. A brief review of recent imaging advances is included and a diagnostic approach to neonatal ischemic brain injury is suggested.

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Department of Radiology, Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105, USA.

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Name: Pediatric radiology
ISSN: 1432-1998
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