Sonography of the Neonatal Spine: Part 1, Normal Anatomy, Imaging Pitfalls, and Variations That May Simulate Disorders

Neuraxis, Face, Neck and Spine

 

Sonography of the Neonatal Spine: Part 1, Normal Anatomy, Imaging Pitfalls, and Variations That May Simulate Disorders
http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/188/3/733

Lisa H. Lowe1,2, Andrew J. Johanek1,3 and Charlotte W. Moore1,2

OBJECTIVE. Our objective is to discuss neonatal spine sonography with emphasis on imaging pitfalls and normal variants that may simulate disease and to distinguish them from true spinal disorders.

CONCLUSION. Sonography of the neonatal spine is now accepted as a highly sensitive, readily available screening study that can be used to evaluate various anomalies of the lumbar spine in most infants younger than 4 months.