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Br J Rheumatol. 1990 Aug;29(4):268-73.

Infrared thermographic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, CT scan and myelography in low back pain.

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Adelaide Medical Thermography Centre, North Adelaide, South Australia.


Sixty-five cases of chronic low back pain were studied. Infrared thermography (IRT) was abnormal in 92%, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 89%, computerized tomography (CT) in 87% and myelography in 80%. IRT correlated with MRI in 94% of cases, and with CT in 87% of cases. Of 22 MRI positive disc and root cases, 21 (95%) had significant leg abnormalities on IRT. All 19 cases with radicular involvement on CT and all 18 with radicular involvement on myelography demonstrated significant leg changes on IRT.

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