The pearls and pitfalls of magnetic resonance imaging for the spine

Elliott, James, Flynn, Timothy, Al-Najjar, Aiman, Press, Joel, Nguyen, Bao and Noteboom, Jon Timothy (2011) The pearls and pitfalls of magnetic resonance imaging for the spine. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 41 11: 848-860. doi:10.2519/jospt.2011.3636


Author Elliott, James
Flynn, Timothy
Al-Najjar, Aiman
Press, Joel
Nguyen, Bao
Noteboom, Jon Timothy
Title The pearls and pitfalls of magnetic resonance imaging for the spine
Journal name Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-6011
1938-1344
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2519/jospt.2011.3636
Volume 41
Issue 11
Start page 848
End page 860
Total pages 13
Place of publication Alexandria, VA, United States
Publisher American Physical Therapy Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Musculoskeletal imaging of the spine can be an invaluable tool to inform clinical decision making in patients with spinal pain. An understanding of the technology involved in producing and interpreting high-resolution images produced from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the human spine is necessary to better appreciate which sequences can be used for, or tailored to, individual patients and their conditions. However, there is substantial variability in the clinical meaningfulness of some MRI findings of spinal tissues. For example, normal variants can often mimic significant musculoskeletal pathology, which could increase the risk of misinformed clinical decisions and, even worse, poor or adverse outcomes. This clinical commentary will highlight some of the pearls and pitfalls of MRI for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions, and include cases to illustrate some of the common imaging artifacts and normal variants for MRI of the spine.
Keyword MRI
Medical imaging
Radiology
Spinal pain
Whiplash
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "Clinical Commentary"

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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