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Abstract #4196

Musculoskeletal MR-Imaging in fracture dating

Katharina Baron 1 , Bernhard Neumayer 1 , Thomas Widek 1 , Sylvia Scheicher 1 , Eva Maria Hassler 2 , Fritz Schick 3 , and Eva Scheurer 1

1 Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical-Forensic Imaging (LBI-CFI), Graz, Styria, Austria, 2 Department of Radiology, Medical University of Graz, Styria, Austria, 3 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-University Tbingen, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany

The determination of the time frame of fracture healing is of particular interest in the field of clinical forensic examinations of child abuse, but can also be applied to accident reconstructions and medical investigations regarding bone healing. The preliminary results of this clinical study indicate that the determination of the quantitative parameters T1, T2, and MTR is a promising method for an accurate determination of fracture healing phases. Provided that the discovered characteristics are confirmed for a larger number of volunteers this will allow for the application in an improved, objective estimation of the age of a fracture.

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