Imaging of infection of the lumbosacral spine

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With the advent of MR, early noninvasive detection of infection can be achieved. Its superior soft tissue contrast resolution accounts for its suitability in the efficacious diagnosis of discitis, osteomyelitis, epidural abscess, paraspinal abscess, and cord infection. In addition, with intravenous gadolinium, the further increase in lesion contrast sensitivity that occurs can be used to overcome some of the limitations of non-contrast-enhanced MR in diagnosing cases of spinal infection. The use of gadolinium results in increased visibility of the infected disc space, osteomyelitic bone, epidural abscess, paraspinal abscess, and cord infection. Other modalities such as CT can be used to complement MR when further information is needed concerning osseous anatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-590
Number of pages14
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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