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Abstract #1549

Study of the correlation between fetus ages and ossification center of atlanto-axial vertebrae using MRI

Hui Zhao 1 , Tianyi Qian 2 , Yong Wu 1 , Shuwei Liu 3 , Lianxiang Xiao 1 , and Xiangtao Lin 1,3

1 Shandong Medical Imaging Research Institute, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China, 2 MR Collaborations NE Asia, Siemens Healthcare, Beijing, China, 3 China Research Center for Sectional and Imaging Anatomy, School of Medicine, Shandong University, Shandong, China

Currently, the question of when the ossification center of atlanto-axial vertebrae appears and could be detected by MR in human fetuses hasnt been fully answered yet. In order to address this question, we used the three-dimensional T2-weighted MR imaging technique to investigate the development process of ossification center in postmortem fetuses. By using a high-spatial-resolution T2-SPACE MR protocol, the changes of the ossification center of atlas and axis during fetus developing could be observed clearly. The emerging time of the ossification center of the axis dens could be a good sign for determining the fetal age.

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