European Radiology

, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp 1327–1334

Magnetic resonance imaging of normal bone marrow

  • B. C. Vande Berg
  • J. Malghem
  • F. E. Lecouvet
  • B. Maldague
Musculoskeletal radiology, Review article

DOI: 10.1007/s003300050547

Cite this article as:
Vande Berg, B., Malghem, J., Lecouvet, F. et al. Eur Radiol (1998) 8: 1327. doi:10.1007/s003300050547

Abstract.

The appearance in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the bones depends, to a large extent, on the unmineralized content of the bone cavities. Because yellow marrow contains a large number of fat protons and red marrow a significant number of water protons, MRI offers the opportunity to map the distribution of red and yellow marrow. In addition, red marrow MR appearance varies according to the relative proportion of fat and nonfat cells. Variations in the composition of red marrow and its distribution among normal subjects, mainly in relation to age and sex, contribute to creating a wide spectrum in bone MR appearance, which must be known in order to avoid confusion with bone marrow abnormalities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. C. Vande Berg
    • 1
  • J. Malghem
    • 1
  • F. E. Lecouvet
    • 1
  • B. Maldague
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, University Hospital St. Luc, 10 Av. Hippocrate, B-1200 Brussels, BelgiumBE