Normal perinatal and paediatric postmortem magnetic resonance imaging appearances

Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Apr;45(4):527-35. doi: 10.1007/s00247-014-3166-y. Epub 2015 Apr 1.


As postmortem imaging becomes more widely used following perinatal and paediatric deaths, the correct interpretation of images becomes imperative, particularly given the increased use of postmortem magnetic resonance imaging. Many pathological processes may have similar appearances in life and following death. A thorough knowledge of normal postmortem changes is therefore required within postmortem magnetic resonance imaging to ensure that these are not mistakenly interpreted as significant pathology. Similarly, some changes that are interpreted as pathological if they occur during life may be artefacts on postmortem magnetic resonance imaging that are of limited significance. This review serves to illustrate briefly those postmortem magnetic resonance imaging changes as part of the normal changes after death in fetuses and children, and highlight imaging findings that may confuse or mislead an observer to identifying pathology where none is present.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autopsy / standards*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Imaging / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / standards*
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / standards*
  • Reference Values
  • United States