Radiographic/MR Imaging Correlation of Spinal Bony Outlines

Timothy Woo, Prudencia N.M. Tyrrell, Antonello Leone, Francesco Pio Cafarelli, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Victor Cassar-Pullicino

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-640
Number of pages16
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019

Keywords

  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiograph
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal alignment
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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