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Multiple-echo data image combination in infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip: comparison with conventional T1-weighted and T2-weighted imaging

Fukuda, Atsushia,c; Miyati, Tosiakic; Maruki, Masashib; Tomoda, Yoshihideb; Futami, Tohrub

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: January 2014 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 37–43
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000001
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Two-dimensional multiple-echo data image combination (MEDIC) images, as well as conventional T1-weighted and T2-weighted images, were obtained for 38 infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip. We retrospectively reviewed these images to evaluate subjective image quality and femoral head-to-ischium contrast. MEDIC images were considered to be of high quality compared with the conventional T1-weighted (P<0.0001) and T2-weighted images (P<0.05), as well as have a higher contrast than conventional T1-weighted and T2-weighted images (P<0.001, respectively). In conclusion, MEDIC images provide diagnostic improvement in studies on developmental dysplasia of the hip.

Departments of aRadiology

bPediatric Orthopaedics, Shiga Medical Center for Children, Moriyama, Shiga

cDivision of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

Correspondence to Atsushi Fukuda, MS, 5-7-30, Moriyama, Moriyama, Shiga 524-0022, Japan Tel: +81 77 582 6200; fax: +81 77 582 6304; e-mail: ntoki@blue.plala.or.jp

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.