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What is the best imaging technique to show if my baby has a brachial plexus injury?

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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: MRI

Mri's can better image the cervical area and pinpoint possible injury.

In brief: MRI

Mri's can better image the cervical area and pinpoint possible injury.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Allen Seely
Sorry, MUST a sedate a child--but needed
Dr. James Cummings
Pediatrics - Neonatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No imaging required

In general, radiographic imaging is not required to make the diagnosis of a brachial plexus injury.
Plain x-rays, and even ct scans are unlikely to show the injury, which is often too small to discern by these techniques. If imaging is indicated, it is to rule out other injuries, such as a broken bone or a paralyzed diaphragm.

In brief: No imaging required

In general, radiographic imaging is not required to make the diagnosis of a brachial plexus injury.
Plain x-rays, and even ct scans are unlikely to show the injury, which is often too small to discern by these techniques. If imaging is indicated, it is to rule out other injuries, such as a broken bone or a paralyzed diaphragm.
Dr. James Cummings
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See below

The MRI scan has the best potential to identify abnormalities in the brachial plexus.
An EMG is a functional test that can evaluate peripheral nerves as well.

In brief: See below

The MRI scan has the best potential to identify abnormalities in the brachial plexus.
An EMG is a functional test that can evaluate peripheral nerves as well.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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