The anatomical and functional features and pathologies of the bones, joints and soft tissues of children and adolescents differ from those of adults, and the experience in adult MSK imaging is not sufficient to reliably assess paediatric MSK pathologies.
Furthermore, paediatric MSK pathologies are not infrequently the manifestation of complex genetic, congenital or acquired systemic pathologies. Compared to adults, adolescent sports pathology and trauma of lower limb has several important peculiarities compared to adults.
Limping children is one of the most frequent clinical scenario in children reffered for a imaging work-up.
In particular, hip pain encompasses a large spectrum of pathology requiring imaging for the definite diagnosis and follow-up.
Radiographs and ultrasound are used more frequently than in adults to make examinations more acceptable and to reduce examination time or avoid radiation. In children, even advanced imaging techniques such as MRI and CT are complex to interpret due to the presence of highly specialised structures such as the growth plate, periosteum and cartilage or rapidly changing structures such as the bone marrow.
By the end of the course, the radiologist will be trained in a systematic and evidence-based approach to the most common clinical scenarios requiring an imaging of the lower limb in children and adolescents.
The teaching in small groups aims to stimulate interactive discussions on illustrative cases selected from the archive of those that have aroused the curiosity and interest of radiologists in training over the last decade at the University Children's Hospital in Brussels, Belgium.
The course is ideally coupled with Prof Paolo Simoni's upper limb course to provide a solid and comprehensive introduction to imaging of the appendicular skeleton in children and adolescents.
To continue growing your knowledge on paediatric MSK imaging, we recommend also following Dr. Simoni's fellowship on Upper Extremity: ONLINE Paediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship – Upper extremity
- To recognise the normal imaging features of the growing MSK of lower limb on radiographs, ultrasounds, CT and MRI
- To develop a systematic assessment of lower limb in children, focusing on specific on key concepts for each class of age.
- To become familiar with most common diagnoses, tips and tricks in paediatric MSK imaging of the lower limb.
Programme will include
- Lectures highlighting common injuries
- Lectures focusing on systematic assessment and reporting
- Collective base-based learning and active discussion with mentor on selected illustrative cases
- Q&A time to address specific topics with mentor (techniques, protocols, advanced imaging)
- Lifetime access to slides, session recordings, and other course materials
- Access to cases discussed in the class prior and after the fellowship (for 1 year)
- A personal dashboard and course materials on the TMCA online platform
- Certificate of attendance
Level II - General radiologist
The training platform runs entirely in the browser but the online PACS places a considerable load on the hardware and internet connection when viewing and loading cases.
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* Tested with Safari on iPad 9.7 (2017), should also work on Android with Chrome. User interface not optimized for smaller screens. Large cases (more than 600 images) are not able to be opened on tablet or mobile devices due to memory constraints.
** Firefox, Edge and Safari also work but might not provide an equally smooth experience. Internet Explorer is not supported.