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Whole body magnetic resonance imaging

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1387

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Whole body magnetic resonance imaging has become a valuable diagnostic method in medical practice in Cuba.
We have had patients with moderate and deep pain in the left inguinal region, radiating to the pygal, regio cruris anterior and knee, with progressive limitation of gait. Laboratory results showed no changes. Simple X-Rays of both hips AP and lateral were normal, and they have been diagnosed with Osteonecrosis of the Caput Femoris only by whole body magnetic resonance imaging. It has allowed us to specify the presence of blood, liquid or grease, favoring the prescription of treatment and a faster recuperation and without sequelae.
These experiences have bolstered up the importance of whole body magnetic resonance imaging in early diagnosis of pathologies, because sadly when patients show manifestations through X-Ray, their forecast already is unfavorable.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 December 2011
Guadalupe N Portal Jimenez
Specialist of 1er Grado in Radiology. Instructional professor.
Aliosvi Rodriguez, Yohankis Pineda