Incidental findings common on paediatric brain MRI: study

Results from a general population cohort suggest one in 25 children warrant referral, researchers say

Results from a large representative cohort of US children shows that an incidental finding is likely to appear in one in five brain MRI scans, researchers report.

Furthermore, one in 25 children will have an incidental finding that warrants clinical referral and one in 500 will have an abnormality requiring urgent attention, according to the study published in JAMA Neurology.

The findings provide a backdrop level of incidental findings in the general paediatric population that