Roles of CT MRI in the evaluation of spinal trauma

Roles of CT MRI in the evaluation of spinal trauma

What are the roles of radiography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of spinal trauma?

When it comes to spinal trauma evaluation, CT has largely replaced radiography given its higher sensitivity for detection of underlying injury.

However, radiography is sometimes still obtained for initial evaluation and is widely used to monitor the treatment and healing of spinal injuries.

MRI is also widely used to evaluate for presence of ligamentous and muscular injuries as well as spinal cord injuries.

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