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Abstract #4459

MRI evaluation of suspected appendicitis in pediatric patients

Christina L Sammet1,2, Cindy Rigsby1,2, Barb Karl1, Laura Gruber1, and Jie Deng1,2

1Medical Imaging, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States, 2Radiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States

Appendicitis is prevalent in pediatric populations and currently CT imaging is used to triage children to emergency surgery. As of early 2015 we have been able to replace this CT scan with a limited abdomen/pelvis study using MRI. This limited MRI appendicitis protocol is rapid, cost-neutral (equal in cost to our previous CT study for appendicitis), and confers less potential risk to the child by eliminating radiation exposure. Using state-of-the-art rapid MRI imaging techniques, we have been successful in imaging suspected appendicitis in children as young as five years old.

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