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PURPOSE To characterize the inter- and intraobserver variability of qualitative, non-disk contour degenerative findings of the lumbar spine at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS The case accrual method used to perform this institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant retrospective study was the random selection of 111(More)
STUDY DESIGN A reliability assessment of standardized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) interpretations and measurements. OBJECTIVE To determine the intra- and inter-reader reliability of MRI features of lumbar spinal stenosis (SPS), including severity of central, subarticular, and foraminal stenoses, grading of nerve root impingement, and measurements of(More)
Computed tomography (CT) was used in the evaluation of nine patients with nonopaque calculi in the upper urinary tract. In each case the calculus was identified as a very high density object (370-586 Hounsfield units) with calcium oxalate and cystine stones having somewhat higher attenuation values than uric acid or xanthine stones. The differentiation(More)
Computed tomography (CT) was used in the evaluation of 100 patients suffering abdominal trauma. The type of trauma was blunt in 78 patients, penetrating in eight, and iatrogenic in 14. Forty per cent of cases had normal CT scans, while 60% showed substantial abdominal or retroperitoneal injuries. Surgery, clinical follow-up, and repeated radiologic(More)
A 50-year-old woman presented with mid-thoracic back pain that radiated to the left rib cage in a radicular manner. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an extradural mass compressing the left T9 nerve root. The mass was adjacent to a degenerated T9-10 facet joint with an enhancing low signal intensity rim. Recognition of the characteristic imaging findings(More)
STUDY DESIGN Assessment of the reliability of standardized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) interpretations and measurements. OBJECTIVE To determine the intra- and inter-reader reliability of MRI parameters relevant to patients with intervertebral disc herniation (IDH), including disc morphology classification, degree of thecal sac compromise, grading of(More)
The emergence of multiplanar spiral computed tomography and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging has resulted in the ability to see cervical spine anatomy and pathologic conditions in detail. Appropriately chosen and performed, these imaging studies can provide an anatomic basis for a clinical diagnosis and a therapeutic plan. In the evaluation of(More)
Ninety-three patients with lumbar central canal stenosis were prospectively evaluated to determine whether the posterior epidural fat was an important component in the pathogenesis of thecal sac compression. Results of this study indicated that, in patients with acquired stenosis secondary to facet arthrosis, posterior compression of the thecal sac by(More)
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective cohort design. OBJECTIVE To determine whether baseline magnetic resonance imaging findings, including central/foraminal stenosis, Modic change, disc morphology, facet arthropathy, disc degeneration, nerve root impingement, and thecal sac compression, are associated with differential surgical treatment effect. SUMMARY OF(More)