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[Role of magnetic resonance in the evaluation of the normal and osteochondrosis hip in early and late childhood].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
La Radiologia medica
Publication Date
Volume
94
Issue
6
Pages
571–578
Identifiers
PMID: 9524591
Source
Medline

Abstract

MRI, even with coronal sequences and T1-weighting only, permits: 1) to image normal hips and hip osteochondrosis, especially in early and late childhood; 2) to clearly define cephalocotyloid relationships; 3) to depict the actual anatomic margins of the head and its structure; 4) to investigate the head cartilage extent and to locate the ossification nucleus. These morphologic and structural data are very useful to diagnose and manage hip osteochondrosis in the evolutive age. MRI shows abnormal changes in anatomic structures which are not seen with conventional radiography and demonstrates the evolution of the osteochondrosis process over time. In children over six, at the end of the ossification process of the head cartilage, conventional radiography alone is often sufficient to depict cephalocotyloid relationships and the MR diagnostic criteria of bone-cephalic diseases are similar to those used in adult hip studies.

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