Full-body MRI help detect child abuse

Full-body MRI help detect child abuse Washington: A new study has suggested that whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can easily detect soft-tissue abnormalities, could be used in detecting suspected child abuse in infants.

The study, performed at Children``s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, included 21 infants who underwent whole-body MRI for the evaluation of suspected child abuse.

Summary skeletal survey and whole-body MRI identified 167 fractures or areas of skeletal signal abnormality.

"Although our study results revealed that whole-body MRI is insensitive in the detection of classic metaphyseal lesions and rib fractures, we found it did identify soft-tissue injuries such as muscle edema and joint effusions that, in some cases, led to identifying additional fractures," said Jeannette M. Perez-Rossello, lead author of the study.
"Although our study indicates that whole-body MRI is currently unsuitable as a primary global skeletal imaging tool for suspected imaging abuse, it may be useful as a supplement to the skeletal survey in selected cases, particularly with regard to soft tissue injuries," said Perez-Rossello.

The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.)