“Congenital Brain Malformations” is the latest Special Collection from the American Journal of Neuroradiology. Collection Editors Thierry A.G.M. Huisman, a pediatric neuroradiologist, and Andrea Poretti, a pediatric neurologist, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine collaborated to select articles that chronicle highlights in the development of neuroimaging techniques that have revolutionized the analysis and understanding of multiple congenital brain anomalies over the past decade.
“The number and complexity of recognized congenital brain anomalies have steadily increased and techniques such as fetal MRI allow us not only to refine or correct diagnosis, but also to recognize different phenotypes that may exist within a group of malformations,” said Huisman and Poretti. The articles they included illustrate the improved identification and imaging of malformations that have guided genetic analysis and understanding of the inner neuro-architecture and functional relationships of the developing brain. “This information may help to better categorize various brain malformations that may look similar on conventional imaging but have different etiologies,” they explained.
In an accompanying podcast, Drs. Huisman and Poretti discuss the collection and their multidisciplinary approach to pediatric imaging and diagnosis with AJNR’s Podcast Editor C. Douglas Phillips. This special podcast is posted along with Dr. Phillips’ regular summaries of each issue’s highlights and is available to download from the AJNR Website or the iTunes Store.
AJNR’s Special Collections are intended to provide a comprehensive source of imaging-related articles on a single topic and are released biannually on an open-access basis. Previous Collections include “Imaging Acute Stroke and its Consequences” edited by Pamela W. Schaefer and R. Gilberto González, “Acute Stroke Intervention” edited by Colin P. Derdeyn and Avi Mazumdar, “Percutaneous Vertebroplasty” edited by Mary E. Jensen and Joshua A. Hirsch, “Radiation Dose in Neuroradiology CT Protocols” edited by Max Wintermark and Michael H. Lev, and “Brain Tumor Imaging, Volume 1: Pretherapy” and “Brain Tumor Imaging, Volume 2: Posttherapy” both edited by Soonmee Cha, and “Head and Neck Neoplasms” edited by Christine M. Glastonbury. All are available through AJNR’s print-on-demand service (Brightdoc), where readers can order a full-color hard copy for just US $50.00, plus shipping.