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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 4. No. 2, 1999

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 1999;4:104-110

Personal Practice

Body MRI: Its Application in Paediatrics

FL Chan, WWM Lam


As magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) establishes itself as the choice imaging modality for neurological disorders, its application to paediatric body imaging is also gaining acceptance. Technological advances with ultrafast pulse sequences and artefact suppression facilitate MRI utilization for different body parts. Choice of appropriate sedation and imaging techniques contribute towards better quality images. Body MRI provides morphologic display in multiple planes for the anatomy and pathology of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis, especially applicable to tumour staging and treatment follow-up. It has also come into use in target areas of the cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract. For the musculoskeletal system the inherent superior contrast resolution permits MRI visualization of structures and processes previously not readily imaged. It is expected MRI with its exploding advancement of techniques and instrumentation will soon achieve wide application in paediatric body imaging, although accessibility is still a problem.

Keyword : MRI, body; Paediatric imaging

Abstract in Chinese


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