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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 757–758

First Online: 08 March 2011Received: 04 November 2010Revised: 30 December 2010Accepted: 05 January 2011


Pectus excavatum, the most common congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall, is both a cosmetic and functional abnormality. The degree of abnormal chest wall deformity determines its functional effect, particularly its cardiac and pulmonary impact. Although CT scanning is the most widely used cross-sectional imaging technique used to measure the Haller index, the radiation exposure is reason to seek other alternatives. At our institution, we have introduced a rapid MRI technique for this purpose, which utilizes a single-axial 2-D FIESTA acquisition.

KeywordsPectus excavatum MRI Haller index  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Peter A. Marcovici - Barry E. LoSasso - Peter Kruk - Jerry R. Dwek


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