Radiological Evidence of Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • Paul M. Lin


The objective of posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is bony arthrodesis or an anatomic fusion. There has been no clear acceptance concerning what roentgenologically constitutes a fusion or arthrodesis in PLIF. Conceptually, there are two objectives in PLIF. The first as proposed by Collis [1] is lumbar disk replacement by means of biocompatible bone grafting, or osteointegration. The second objective of PLIF is bony arthrodesis, or an anatomic fusion.


Disk Space Interbody Fusion Osteoblastic Activity Total Disk Replacement Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Lin
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  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryTemple University Health Sciences CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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