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J Clin Imaging Sci. 2018 Aug 24;8:30. doi: 10.4103/jcis.JCIS_16_18. eCollection 2018.

The Use of Imaging in Management of Patients with Low Back Pain.

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Department of Radiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Ackerman Cancer Center, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.


Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common chief complaints encountered in primary care. Advanced imaging studies, including computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are frequently ordered in the setting of LBP. Structural abnormalities are commonly identified by CT and MRI in patients complaining of low back pain, however, these findings are also found in asymptomatic patients. In the past decade, multiple guidelines have been published to help providers identify patients in whom the use of advanced imaging is appropriate. In this article, we review common conditions associated with LBP that require advanced imaging along with their clinical and associated imaging findings.


Computerized tomography; low back pain; magnetic resonance imaging

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