The Role of Radiology in Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression

  • John A. Botsford


Diagnostic radiology plays a major but formerly underemphasized role in the diagnosis and treatment of the PLDD patient. Laser treatment success rates can be improved when patient selection is based on preoperative diagnostic imaging performed by physicians knowledgeable in the specific needs of the PLDD candidate. A clear understanding of fundamental radiologic principles combined with state of the art intraoperative imaging will result in rapid, accurate positioning of the laser of choice within the central nucleus, optimizing the chances for symptomatic improvement by PLDD. When treatment fails, diagnostic imaging modalities can usually identify the reason for failure or uncover a postoperative complication.


Disc Herniation Lumbar Disc Herniation Herniate Nucleus Pulposis Magnetic Resonance Appearance Recurrent Disc Herniation 
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