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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Spinal Emergencies

Daniel Kawakyu-O'Connor, Ritu Bordia, Refky Nicola
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America 2016, 24 (2): 325-44
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Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the spine is increasingly being used in the evaluation of spinal emergencies because it is highly sensitive and specific in the diagnosis of acute conditions of the spine. The prompt and accurate recognition allows for appropriate medical and surgical intervention. This article reviews the MR imaging features of common emergent conditions, such as spinal trauma, acute disc herniation, infection, and tumors. In addition, we describe common MR imaging sequences, discuss challenges encountered in emergency imaging of the spine, and illustrate multiple mimics of acute conditions.

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