Diffusion-weighted Imaging Using Readout-segmented EPI Reveals Bony Metastases from Neuroblastoma

Laura L. Hayes*, Adina Alazraki, Karen Wasilewski-Masker, Richard A. Jones, David A. Porter, Susan Palasis

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Identifying neuroblastoma (NBL) metastases is crucial to treatment and prognosis. Metaiodobenzylguanidine and Tc99M bone scans are standard for identifying bony metastases but can underestimate disease. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of the spine has shown promise in evaluating bony metastases but has been limited by artifacts. Readout-segmented echo planar imaging is a technique for DWI that minimizes artifacts allowing for improved identification of spinal disease. This report illustrates the utility of DWI of the spine using readout-segmented echo planar imaging in the detection of bony NBL metastases in a child, lending support that DWI should be included in magnetic resonance imaging scans for NBL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e263-e266
JournalJournal of pediatric hematology/oncology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • diffusion-weighted imaging
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • metastases
  • neuroblastoma
  • spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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