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Radiological Evaluation of the Lumbar Spine

  • Jad S. HusseiniEmail author
  • Connie Y. Chang
  • William E. Palmer
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Abstract

Imaging plays a crucial role in the evaluation of the lumbar spine. The cornerstones of the radiological evaluation of the spine are radiography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each of these modalities provides different and often complementary information about lumbar spine pathology. An understanding of these differences and a familiarity with the normal and abnormal imaging appearance of the lumbar spine are critical for appropriate diagnosis.

Keywords

Radiology Lumbar spine Radiography Computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jad S. Husseini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Connie Y. Chang
    • 1
  • William E. Palmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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