Spinal Canal Stenosis

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 A8.2
DOI:  10.1002/0471142719.mia0802s02
Online Posting Date:  November, 2001
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Abstract

This unit presents a basic protocol for fast spin echo sequences for imaging to diagnose stenosis of the spinal canal. Spinal stenosis is defined generally as a narrowing of one or more of the following: the central canal, foramina, and lateral recesses of the lumbar spine. Specifically, this stenosis can be classified into three types as defined by location: (a) stenosis of the central spinal canal, (b) stenosis of the intervertebral spinal neural foramen or foramina, and (c) stenosis of the lateral recess(es) of the central spinal canal.

     
 
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Table of Contents

  • Basic Protocol 1: Conventional and Fast Spin Echo Sequences
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
  • Tables
     
 
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Materials

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Literature Cited

Literature Cited
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   Jinkins, J.R. 1993. Gd‐DTPA enhanced MR of the lumbar spinal canal in patients with claudication. J. Assist. Comput. Tomogr. 17:555‐562.
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