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SPINE IMAGE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 117

Lumbar stenosis: Oblique coronal images in MRI for assessment of ligamentum flavum


Senior Consultant and Surgeon, Department of Spine Surgery, Prime Surgical Centre, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Satishchandra Gore
Senior Consultant and Surgeon, Department of Spine Surgery, Prime Surgical Centre, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1104

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Though axial views at lumbar disk level in the plane of the disk and sagittal views at lumbar foramen level are routinely used in assessing the canal stenosis, lateral extent of thickened ligamentum flavum which is truly causing symptoms is well demonstrated in oblique coronal views in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Emphasis on this view in addition to the routine views will improve our understanding of lumbar canal stenosis, particularly in and around superior facet and axilla of the nerve root close to neural foramen.


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