Abstract| Volume 33, ISSUE 6, P493, November 2009

The role of pre-treatment MRI in established cases of slipped capital femoral epiphysis

      Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) often results in functional impairment and premature osteoarthritis despite surgical treatment. Treatment decisions are commonly based on the clinical history and radiographic appearance. This study assesses the pretreatment features of SCFE and correlates them to the clinical history to (1) define the underlying pathological mechanisms; (2) correlate the morphological hip abnormalities with the clinical classifications; (3) identify specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features that could carry prognostic implications for treatment approach and outcome.
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