Magnetic resonance imaging was a sensitive modality for identifying pathology in the soft tissues of 32 children, and it consistently showed more abnormality than CT. Magnetic resonance images are not histology specific, but with careful attention to the location of the abnormality, to the definition of the margins, and to the evaluation of involvement of adjacent muscle, bone, subcutaneous fat, and skin, the correct diagnosis can be strongly predicted in most cases. The ability of magnetic resonance to image in multiple planes aids in the evaluation of the extent of lesions and their relationship to adjacent structures. With magnetic resonance imaging, one can accurately predict the extent of abnormality, and there is great potential for the study of disease of soft tissues.

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