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Whole-body MRI in the pediatric patient

  • S. Ley
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    (Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Section of Pediatric Radiology, University Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 430, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany). Eur J Radiol 2009;70:442–451.
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  • J. Ley-Zaporozhan
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    (Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Section of Pediatric Radiology, University Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 430, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany). Eur J Radiol 2009;70:442–451.
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  • J.-P. Schenk
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    (Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Section of Pediatric Radiology, University Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 430, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany). Eur J Radiol 2009;70:442–451.
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      Whole-body MRI is a fast and accurate modality for the detection and monitoring of disease throughout the entire body. For pediatric use, the technique is of special interest twofold: first, it is a radiological method without radiation exposure and, second, it allows for whole-body staging as well as for detailed local evaluation for surgical treatment, thus reducing the number of examinations to be performed in sedation. In the pediatric population, the technique is used for oncological and nononcological (i.e., fever of unknown origin, osteonecrosis) staging and for disease severity assessment of syndromes affecting the whole body. These applications will be reviewed and imaging protocols will be presented.
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