Sonography of the neonatal spine: part 1, Normal anatomy, imaging pitfalls, and variations that may simulate disorders

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2007 Mar;188(3):733-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.05.2159.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Artifacts*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Spinal Cord Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*