What is the role of brain MRI in the workup of hypoventilation syndromes?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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If a central cause of hypoventilation is suspected and the initial brain CT scan is negative or inconclusive, consider a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain. MRI may disclose abnormalities that are not seen on CT scanning. Pay particular attention to the brainstem, as with the CT scan mentioned above.


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