What is the sensitivity and specificity of MRI for identifying bone marrow infarction in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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As with plain radiography, the sine qua non of diagnosing osteomyelitis on MRI is the identification of cortical destruction, for which MRI is exquisitely sensitive. MRI has a specificity of 98% and a sensitivity of 85-97% for identifying bone marrow infarcts.


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