Herniated Intervertebral Disc

J. Randy Jinkins1, David D. Stark1

1 Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Unit Number:  Unit A8.1
DOI:  10.1002/0471142719.mia0801s05
Online Posting Date:  August, 2002
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One of the most significant impacts of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been its ability to exquisitely depict normal and pathologic anatomy of the spine. This unit presents a basic protocol for conventional fast spin echo imaging of the spine. An alternate protocol is presented for gradient recalled echo acquisitions that may be used in the sagittal and/or transverse planes to clearly distinguish between discs and soft tissue and to clarify the spinal neural foramen in the cervical region. A second alternate protocol is presented for contrast enhanced MRI acquisitions.

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Table of Contents

  • Basic Protocol 1: Conventional and Fast Spin Echo
  • Alternate Protocol 1: Gradient Recalled Echo Sequences
  • Alternate Protocol 2: Contrast‐Enhanced MRI Acquisitions
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
  • Tables
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Basic Protocol 1: Conventional and Fast Spin Echo

  • Normal sterile saline (0.9% NaCl)
  • Intravenous MRI contrast agent (e.g., Magnevist, Omniscan, or Prohance)
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Literature Cited

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