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Spinal cord cancer. Coloured magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan showing a cancerous tumour growing in the spinal cord (red) of a 10-year-old girl. This is a sagittal view, a vertical slice image seen from the side. The malignant tumour (pale red oblong, centre right) lies next to the three blue blocks, parts of the vertebrae of the spinal column (down centre). The spinal cord runs up through the middle of the vertebrae, which are seen on either side of the tumour. MRI scans produce slice images of the body using pulses of radio waves and a powerful magnet.
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