Pediatric whole-body MRI: A review of current imaging techniques and clinical applications

Joseph T. Davis, Neha Kwatra, Gary R. Schooler

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There are many congenital, neoplastic, inflammatory, and infectious processes in the pediatric patient for which whole-body imaging may be of benefit diagnostically and prognostically. With recent improvements in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) hardware and software and resultant dramatically reduced scan times, imaging of the whole body with MRI has become a much more practicable technique in children. Whole-body MRI can provide a high level of soft tissue and skeletal detail while avoiding the exposure to ionizing radiation inherent to computed tomography and nuclear medicine imaging techniques. This article reviews the more common current whole-body MRI techniques in children and the primary pathologies for which this imaging modality may be most useful to the radiologists and referring clinicians. J. MAGN. RESON. IMAGING 2016;44:783–793.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-793
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • pediatric MRI
  • whole body MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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