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Cross-sectional imaging in spinal disorders

S. Gaba, Philip McNee and Eugene McNally

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.003019

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Cross-sectional imaging in spinal disorders

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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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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Clinical Radiology

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