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Cross-sectional imaging in spinal disorders 

Cross-sectional imaging in spinal disorders
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Cross-sectional imaging in spinal disorders
Author(s):

S. Gaba

, Philip McNee

, and Eugene McNally

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.003019
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date: 13 December 2019

Disc Degeneration

DDD - Multifactorial disease

MRI is key imaging technique but cannot differentiate painful from painless degenerate disc

Normal disc on T2W MRI has outer black annulus fibrosus and inner bright nucleus pulposus

On T2W MRI DDD is dark and discitis is bright and but occasionally disc may be bright in DDD due to liquefied nucleus.

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