Use of magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of metastatic spinal disease.

@article{Godersky1987UseOM,
  title={Use of magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of metastatic spinal disease.},
  author={J. C. Godersky and Wendy R. K. Smoker and Randy Knutzon},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={1987},
  volume={21 5},
  pages={676-80}
}
Spinal metastases are present in up to 10% of all cancer patients at some time during the course of their disease. Pain is the most common presenting symptom, and neurological function is usually normal at this early stage. The clinical challenge is to detect and treat the spinal disease before the onset of neurological compromise. Myelography has been the standard test for identification of epidural metastases, but the invasive nature of myelography carries inherent risk and produces patient… CONTINUE READING