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Sickle Cell-related Bone Marrow Complications: The Utility of Diffusion-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Pratesi, Andrea MD; Medici, Alessandro MD; Bresci, Renzo MD; Micheli, Annalisa MD; Barni, Sandra MD; Pratesi, Chiara MD

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: May 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - p 329–330
doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e318290c5f3
Radiology Corner

In sickle cell disease diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) are helpful, costeffective, and promising techniques for differentiating bone marrow involvements. So we suggest to consider a MR diffusion panoramic study (whole-body diffusion MR) when multiple follow-up imaging is required in young patients who are at high risk for chronic radiation damage, so that alternatives to PET study may be taken into consideration.

Misericordia e Dolce Hospital, Prato, Tuscany, Italy

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Andrea Pratesi, MD, Misericordia e Dolce Hospital, Piazza Ospedale 5, Prato 59100, Tuscany, Italy (e-mail:

Received May 1, 2012

Accepted March 2, 2013

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.