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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2003 Feb;2(1):33-40.

Imaging of the spine in sports medicine.

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  • 1University or Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, University Medical Imaging, 4901 Lac De Ville Boulevard, Suite 140, Building D, Rochester, NY 14618, USA.


Much controversy exists surrounding the utility of plain film, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and bone scintigraphy in the evaluation of sports-related spine injuries. The articles reviewed here offer several different perspectives. Cervical spine radiography, return-to-play criteria following cervical trauma, lumbar pain and pars injuries, utility of MRI in acute sports injuries, and sports-specific injuries are reviewed. The relationship between bone mineral density and sports activity is also reviewed.

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