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J Crit Spine Cases 2012 Nov; 5(2): 34-36
Role of Axial Loaded MRI in Surgical Decision Making for Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis
Sang Hoon Jang, MD, Ji Young Cho, MD and Ho-Yeon Lee, MD, PhD
Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul Gangbuk Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea
In this study, the effectiveness of axial loaded magnetic resonance imaging in surgical decision making for lumbar spinal canal stenosis was validated. A 69-year-old female patient was diagnosed with lumbar spinal canal stenosis at L1-2, L2-3, and L3-4, but discrepancies between radiological findings caused difficulty in choosing the precise surgical route. Consequently, axial loaded magnetic resonance imaging was performed, and it revealed the obvious cause of the patient’ symptoms. This information led to a 3-level decompression surgery with a successful outcome. In patients with unapparent lumbar spinal canal stenosis, axially loaded magnetic resonance imaging can be an important, noninvasive diagnostic tool that provides neurosurgeons with valuable information.
Axial loaded MRIㆍDecision makingㆍLumbar spinal canal stenosis
J Crit Spine Cases 2012 Nov; 5(2): 34-36

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