Spinal cord ultrasonography of the newborn

Iacopo Valente, Alessandro Pedicelli, Martina Piacentini, Marco Di Serafino, Gianfranco Vallone, Stefania Speca, Cesare Colosimo

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Ultrasound represents the first-line survey for the assessment of spinal cord development abnormalities. In fact, within 6 months of life, the non-ossification of neuronal arcs provides an excellent acoustic window that allows a detailed depiction of the spinal canal, its content and of the surrounding soft tissues. Nevertheless, an accurate ultrasound examination requires a complete knowledge of the anatomy, the condition of normality, the frequent anatomical variants and the main pathologies involved. This review is intended to briefly summarize the US technique, the main clinical indication and the key notions that could help to properly perform this type of ultrasound examination.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ultrasound
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 7 2018


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