Whole-spine MRI uncovers abusive head trauma injuries in children

Indiana University researchers analyzed imaging data on injuries in children seen at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis with suspected abusive head trauma. They found whole-spine MRI procedures showed additional abnormalities not identified on cervical spine MRI exams.

Performing MRI of the whole spine in young children thought to be victims of abusive head trauma can help detect injuries that may be missed on regular imaging.

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