MR Imaging of Pediatric Trauma

Thomas Ray S. Sanchez, Siddharth P. Jadhav, Leonard E. Swischuk

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Although plain radiography remains the most important and cost-effective imaging for screening and characterizing osseous injuries, it has been well recognized that pediatric fractures can occur without radiographic abnormalities. The superb capability of MR imaging in demonstrating marrow edema, cartilage defects, and soft tissue injuries makes it an essential adjunct in the further evaluation of trauma to the growing skeleton. The key MR imaging findings of growth plate injuries, stress fractures, avulsion injuries, osteochondritis dissecans, transient patellar dislocation, and soft tissue injuries are described in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-938
Number of pages12
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Avulsion injury
  • Musculoskeletal trauma
  • Occult fractures
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Stress fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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