Spinal conditions are one of the most common situations necessitating a referral for imaging. As spine therapies advance, there is a greater need for accurate spine imaging. There are four primary modalities used to image the spine: radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and nuclear imaging. The most important fact to remember is that these modalities are often complementary rather than mutually exclusive. The appropriate use of spine imaging is an evolving topic. Imaging that involves ionizing radiation should be used judiciously. Understanding the intricacies of imaging may allow the physician to make an optimal choice.
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Subjects: Pain Medicine ; Rehabilitation Medicine ; Spinal Surgery
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