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Special Issue: Imaging of gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts

Pediatric Radiology
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DOI: 10.1007/s00247-010-1930-1
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EDITORIAL Special Issue: Imaging of gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts Rick R. Van Rijn Received: 12 November 2010 /Accepted: 12 November 2010 /Published online: 4 December 2010 # The Author(s) 2010. This article is published with open access at This special issue focuses on imaging of the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts; the papers were initially presented at the European Course of Paediatric Radiology (ECPR) in 2009 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The ECPR is an annual course with four revolving topics, i.e. chest/ cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology (in collab- oration with the European Society of Neuroradiology and the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Neuro- pediatrics) and the gastrointestinal/urogenital tract. The aim of this annual course is to enhance knowledge in paediatric radiology; both focussed at fellows in paediatric radiology as well as established radiologists with a special interest in our discipline. It also serves as a meeting point at which collegial and social bonds across borders are formed and enhanced. Paediatric radiology of the gastrointestinal and uro- genital tracts has seen a significant change in clinical practice over the last decades. Although as a result of close patient contact, our discipline always has been and hopefully will remain a highly clinically involved field of radiology, changes in diagnostic strategies have changed our daily practice. In many paediatric radiology depart- ments today the fluoroscopy rooms are unoccupied most of the time and barium, in many cases, has been replaced by gadolinium. The purpose of this special issue is to provide an up- to-date overview of imaging of the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts. Apart from the use of fluoroscopy, which in selected cases is still very valuable as a diagnostic tool, the use of CT and especially MRI is discussed. The use of MRI has taken off and there are promising developments that make the application of this technique an incr

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