Connectome Neonatal System


Neonatal brain MRI is increasingly undertaken both for clinical care and research with the main focus on enhanced care for fragile babies during scanning and optimized imaging performance.

The Connectome Neonatal System was  developed as a joint project by Jo Hajnal, Centre for the Developing Brain & Department of Biomedical Engineering, St. Thomas Hospital, KCL London, U.K. and RAPID Biomedical to consistently gain high image quality when examining babies. This system is being used for the European Research Council funded “Developing Human Connectome Project” (319456).


Video taken from website that also contains a virtual tour and much more information about the connectome project.


Medical Device, CE according to Council Directive 93/42/EEC.

No FDA approval – limited by United States law to investigational use.

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32 channel multi-coil receiver array

  • dedicated for examining babies up to 44 weeks gestational age at time of scan
  • rigid but light shell with positioning holes to prepare the baby
  • support frame to slide the head coil over the baby and shell
  • close fitting 32-channel multi-coil receiver array
  • three immobilisation cushions (Pearltec AG) that conform to the shape of the baby’s head
  • baby transport trolley
  • accoustic hood to protect baby from noise
B0 field strength:  3 T

outer diameter  shell       200 mm

inner diameter shell        130 / 152 mm

housing length coil ca.    250 mm (shell ca. 690 mm, frame ca. 1154 mm)

weight coil ca.                  5.2 kg

weight shell ca.                2.7 kg


Lucilio Cordero-Grande et al.: Three-Dimensional Motion Corrected Sensitivity Encoding Reconstruction for Multi-Shot Multi-Slice MRI: Application to Neonatal Brain Imaging.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 79 / 1365–1376 (2018)
with RAPID Biomedical coil # P-H32LE-030-01583

Emer J. Hughes et al.: A Dedicated Neonatal Brain Imaging System.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 10.1002/mrm.26462 (2016)
with RAPID Biomedical coil # P-H32LE-030-01583


32 channel neonatal head array for Connectome System
shell and frame
Connectome Neonatal SNR phantom maps of coronal slice (upper row) and transverse in vivo images
Connectome Neonatal System - transport trolley with shell
Connectome Neonatal System with shell outside the coil
Connectome Neonatal System - accoustic hood

– SNR phantom maps: Emer Hughes, KCL London, U.K.

– Pictures 4 to 6: Jo Hajnal, Centre for the Developing Brain & Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, St. Thomas Hospital, KCL London, U.K.


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