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A method for sonographic counting of the lower vertebral bodies in newborns and infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8197939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To determine whether the lumbosacral junction of the vertebral column can be identified with sonography in newborns and infants and thus serve as a method for counting the lumbar and sacral vertebral bodies. METHODS: In 32 newborns and infants, the number of ossified vertebral bodies distal to the lumbosacral junction was counted with sonography and radiography. RESULTS: Sonographic and radiographic findings agreed in 29 of 32 examinations (91%). CONCLUSIONS: The lordotic transition at the lumbosacral junction can be identified with sonography in the majority of newborns and infants, allowing intraspinal structures to be related to a specific vertebral level.
F J Beek; M S van Leeuwen; N M Bax; E H Dillon; T D Witkamp; A P van Gils
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0195-6108     ISO Abbreviation:  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol     Publication Date:  1994 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-30     Completed Date:  1994-06-30     Revised Date:  2008-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003708     Medline TA:  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  445-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University Hospital Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Lumbar Vertebrae / anatomy & histology,  radiography,  ultrasonography*
Sacrum / anatomy & histology,  radiography,  ultrasonography*
Spinal Diseases / ultrasonography*

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