Imaging Metastatic Spinal Disease

  • Sanjay K. SinghEmail author
  • Steve H. Fung


Imaging plays a significant role in the diagnosis, staging, and follow-up of patients with cancer. The objectives of imaging in the evaluation of patients with known or suspected cancer are to localize and characterize the pathologic lesion, to provide a reasonable differential diagnosis, to guide further diagnostic imaging and treatment planning, to determine adequacy of surgical resection, and to monitor therapeutic response and complications. The purpose of this chapter is to review imaging modalities commonly used to image patients with known or suspected metastatic spinal disease, to introduce terms often associated with each modality, and to illustrate the diagnostic imaging approach to evaluating the spine using individual cases.


Bone neoplasms Magnetic resonance imaging Tomography, X-ray Computed myelography Positron-emission tomography Spinal cord compression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyHouston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyWeill Cornell Medical College, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Methodist Research InstituteHoustonUSA

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