Tests and Interventions

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

We use an MRI scan to take pictures of the child’s brain so we can look at the brain structure and learn more about brain development. The machine that takes the pictures is shaped like a tunnel and has a comfortable and secure area for your baby to rest. The scan usually takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to take the brain pictures.

Click here to listen to the different sounds an MRI makes during a scan.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

This is a tool that delivers short, painless pulses to the brain to allow us to measure the response in a muscle in the arm. This allows us to further understand connections between the brain and the child’s muscles. The device rests gently on the head of the child, similar to the picture on the right. Others have described the pulse of the device as a brief and tolerable light tapping on the head.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)

tDCS is a type of brain stimulation which uses low levels of electricity to affect the activity and connections between brain cells.  The electricity is applied using sponges which are placed at specific locations on the head. Our previous studies have shown that tDCS is safe in children in the laboratory and has the potential to increases motor ability in children with CP.