Blind Spots in Spine Imaging

Mougnyan Cox, MD; Linda Bagley, MD; Joseph Philip, MD; Joshua Thatcher, MD; Ike Thacker, MD; Conan Gomez; Kennith Layton, MD


Appl Radiol. 2022;51(2):15-23. 

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Extraspinal abnormalities are common in spine imaging, particularly in older patients. Thoroughly searching scout/localizer sequences, vascular structures, extraspinal soft tissues, and edges of the film for these potentially serious entities is important for both trainees and the seasoned radiologists as they interpret cross-sectional spine images to provide optimal patient care.