Magnetic resonance imaging of the normal bone marrow

Skeletal Radiol. 1998 Sep;27(9):471-83. doi: 10.1007/s002560050423.


The bone marrow is a complex organ that contains fat and nonfat cells, the proportions of which vary greatly with age and in the different bones of the skeleton. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging provides information on the composition of the medullary cavity of any given bone and on the distribution of red and yellow marrow in the skeleton. This article deals with the wide spectrum of appearances of the normal bone marrow at MR imaging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipocytes
  • Age Factors
  • Body Water
  • Bone Marrow / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Sex Factors