The human spine is a highly specialized structure that protects the neuraxis and supports the body during movement, but its complex structure is a challenge for imaging. Radiographs can provide fine bony detail, but lack soft tissue definition and can be complicated by overlying structures. MR imaging allow(s) excellent soft tissue contrast, but some bony abnormalities can be difficult to discern. This makes the 2 modalities highly complementary. In this article, the authors discuss the correlation between radiographic and MR imaging appearances focusing first on disease affecting the vertebral body itself, its surrounding structures, and finally global spinal alignment.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1 2019|
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Spinal alignment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging