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Eur J Radiol. 2015 May;84(5):921-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2015.01.023. Epub 2015 Feb 9.

Supine spinal magnetic resonance imaging with straightened lower extremities in spondylolisthesis: a comparison with the conventional technique.

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1
Department of Radiology, Imam Reza Teaching Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2
Drug Applied Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Electronic address: medicorelax@yahoo.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare the degree of slip in spondylolisthesis on supine magnetic resonance (MR) images obtained with flexed and straightened lower extremities.

METHODS:

Supine spinal MR studies were performed in 100 cases of symptomatic spondylolisthesis with flexed and then straightened lower extremities. The angle of lumbar lordosis (by Cobb's method) and the degree of slip (by Taillard's method) were compared between the two sets of images.

RESULTS:

The mean angle of lumbar lordosis increased from 51.65±8.57° on MR images with flexed lower limbs to 57.39±9.05° on MR images with straightened lower limbs (p<0.001; mean percent increase: 11.51%). Similar change was also observed for the mean degree of slip (from 25.80±7.74% to 28.68±7.93%, p<0.001; mean percent increase: 12.60%). After MR imaging with straightened lower extremities 22 out of 54 initially grade I cases had grade II disease (p<0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Supine magnetic resonance imaging with straightened lower extremities detects higher degree of slippage in symptomatic patients with spondylolisthesis compared to conventional MRI with flexed lower extremities.

KEYWORDS:

Lordosis; Lower extremity; Magnetic resonance imaging; Position; Slip; Spondylolisthesis

PMID:
25715663
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejrad.2015.01.023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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