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ECR 2018 / C-1245
Ultrasound spinal cord of newborn and infants: normal radioanatomy and variant of normal.
Congress: ECR 2018
Poster No.: C-1245
Type: Educational Exhibit
Keywords: Neuroradiology spine, Ultrasound, Education, Education and training
Authors: B. Bannar1, D. BASRAOUI2, H. Jalal2; 1MARRAKECH/MA, 2Marrakesh/MA



• Spinal ultrasound is the best examination, inexpensive, non-irradiating screening for these spinal abnormalities mostly dysraphism


• It allows to analyze the osteocartilaginous walls of the medullary canal and its contents: spinal cord, roots, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)


Anatomical reminder:


•The spinal cord is located in the vertebral canal.


•It extends from the occipital foramen to the 1st or 2nd lumbar vertebrae.


•A small fibrous filament, derived from the meninges: terminale filum


 extends from the end of the spinal cord to the coccyx.


•The spinal cord has 2 fusiform swellings:

  • Cervical enlargement : C4-D1 (brachial plexus)
  • Lumbar enlargement : D10-L1 (lumbosacral plexus)

•It is maintained in a relatively fixed position in the meninges by fibrous bridges (serrated ligaments).


•31 pairs of spinal nerves leave the spinal cord and exit the vertebral canal through  foramen.



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