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Applied anatomy and fluoroscopy for spinal interventions 

Applied anatomy and fluoroscopy for spinal interventions
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Applied anatomy and fluoroscopy for spinal interventions
Author(s):

S. Gupta

and K. Dhandapani

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199586912.003.0001
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date: 30 March 2020

Applied anatomy 2

Fluoroscopic anatomy of the spine 6

Facet joints are synovial joints formed by the inferior articular process of one vertebra and the superior articular process of the adjacent vertebra. The facet joints are innervated by the medial branches of the dorsal primary rami. The dorsal rami at each level supply branches to innervate the facet joint at the same level and the one below; this is fairly constant from C3 to C7/T1, T3/T4 to L4/L5. For example, to perform an L4/L5 facet joint block, the L3/L4 medial branches are blocked at L4/L5 (...

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