Assessment of Vertebral Fracture

  • M. Jergas
  • D. Felsenberg


In everyday clinical practice radiologists visually analyze radiographs of the thoracolumbar spine in the lateral projection to identify vertebral fractures in patients whose clinical indications suggest trauma, osteoporosis, malignancy, or acute back pain. While diagnosing the vertebral fracture in question, the interpreter also considers the potential differential diagnoses of this deformity. The radiologist’s decision can be aided by additional radiographic projections such as anteroposterior or oblique views and by complementary examinations such as bone scintigraphy, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Thus in a clinical environment the detection of vertebral fractures seldom poses great difficulties.


Vertebral Fracture Vertebral Deformity Vertebral Height Vertebral Fracture Assessment Incident Vertebral Fracture 
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