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Free Content Pediatric Spine Disorders: Appearance on Steady-State Free Precession MR Images

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Pediatric spinal disorders are routinely imaged using conventional T1- and T2-weighted sequences. Steady-state free precession sequences are a cornerstone in the evaluation of cranial nerves and inner ear structures and may be used as a problem-solving tool in pediatric spinal pathology due to their high spatial resolution and contrast between CSF and soft tissues. The exquisite anatomic detail provided by steady-state free precession facilitates the depiction and characterization of subtle and complex findings in pediatric spinal disorders.

Learning Objective: To understand the value of steady-state free precession MR images in the depiction and characterization of subtle and complex findings in pediatric spinal disorders.
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Keywords: BFFE = balanced fast field echo; FIESTA = fast imaging employing steady-state acquisition; FISP = fast imaging with steady-state precession; SSFP = steady-state free precession

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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  • Neurographics is the peer-reviewed, bimonthly educational journal of the American Society of Neuroradiology. The journal comprises articles selected from material presented at the ASNR Annual Meeting. Neurographics also publishes other high-quality submissions that are primarily educational and have a high emphasis on a pictorial approach. Neurographics offers CME credit for reading review articles and completing quiz-based self-assessment activities.

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