Diagnostic abilities of magnetic resonance imaging in traumatic injury to the posterior ligamentous

Publication year: 2011
Source: The Spine Journal, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 12 August 2011
Colin G., Crosby , Jesse L., Even , Yanna, Song , John J., Block , Clinton J., Devin
Background context: The integrity of the posterior ligamentous complex (PLC) has been proposed to be an integral aspect in the treatment algorithm for spinal trauma. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been reported as the ideal tool to determine the integrity of the PLC. The ability to assess disruption of the PLC by reviewers of differing levels of training has not been described. In addition, the MRI sequence most suggestive of injury for each component of the PLC has not been clearly determined. Purpose: This study was designed to determine the ability of reviewers with differing levels of training (fellowship-trained spine surgeon, fellowship-trained musculoskeletal…

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