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Skeletal Radiol. 2011 Sep;40(9):1175-89. doi: 10.1007/s00256-011-1163-x. Epub 2011 Aug 17.

Imaging of lumbar degenerative disk disease: history and current state.

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Division of Neuroradiology, Imaging Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA. emcht@ccf.org

Abstract

One of the most common indications for performing magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the lumbar spine is the symptom complex thought to originate as a result of degenerative disk disease. MR imaging, which has emerged as perhaps the modality of choice for imaging degenerative disk disease, can readily demonstrate disk pathology, degenerative endplate changes, facet and ligamentous hypertrophic changes, and the sequelae of instability. Its role in terms of predicting natural history of low back pain, identifying causality, or offering prognostic information is unclear. As available modalities for imaging the spine have progressed from radiography, myelography, and computed tomography to MR imaging, there have also been advances in spine surgery for degenerative disk disease. These advances are described in a temporal context for historical purposes with a focus on MR imaging's history and current state.

PMID:
21847748
DOI:
10.1007/s00256-011-1163-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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