Is MRI useful after spinal trauma? 7 key notes on injury detection

By Laura Dyrda

A new study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorder & Techniques examined the effectiveness of MRI in identifying issues for spinal trauma patients.

The researchers recorded intraoperative findings for 21 acute spinal trauma patients and 14 non-traumatic spine surgery patients in a control group. There were preoperative MRIs evaluated randomly and blindly by two neuroradiologists.

The researchers found:

1. In detecting injury to the anterior longitudinal ligament, the MRI had 100 percent sensitivity and specificity.

2. There was moderate sensitivity — 80 percent — for patients with injury to the posterior longitudinal ligament. But those images were highly specific at 100 percent.


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