Practical Considerations for the Evaluation of the Neuroforamina in Routine Spine Imaging at 3T. A Case Series

Pathologies of the neuroforamina are one of the most frequent indications for spine surgery. However, in standard MRI with axial and sagittal planes and relatively thick slices (>3 mm) the diagnostic information may be limited for proper evaluation of the nerve roots. Prof. Marc-André Weber et al. (University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany) share practical tips on […] [...]

Schwannoma (WHO grade I)

A lobulated uniformly enhancing mass lesion is noted with the bulk of the mass paraspinal in location, extending into the foramen at the T4-5 level on the right, with epidural extent and mild displacement of the cord to the left. The intervertebral foramen is enlarged. The well-circumscribed nature of the lesion, and location, favor the […] [...]

Thoracic spine schwannoma

  Clinical History: 28-year old woman with chest and upper back pain for 3 months Diagnosis: Thoracic spine schwannoma  MR Technique: Imaging of the thoracic spine was performed on a 3T MR system. (A) Sagittal T1-weighted TSE (TR/TE 650/8.1ms), (B) sagittal T2-weighted TSE (TR/TE 2000/97), (C) sagittal T2-weighted TSE images with Dixon fat suppression (TR/TE2500/101), […] [...]

Eosinophilic granuloma

Clinical History: 12 year old boy with back pain limiting activities of daily living Diagnosis: Thoracic vertebral eosinophilic granuloma MR Technique: Thoracic spine imaging was performed on a 3T MR system (Skyra, Siemens). (A) Sagittal T1-weighted TSE (TR/TE 650/8.1ms) and (B) T2-weighted TSE (TR/TE 2000/97ms) images were acquired. Contrast-enhanced sagittal T1-weighted (C) and coronal T1-weighted […] [...]

Acute and chronic vertebral compression fractures

An 83 year old woman with back pain. [...]

Metastases (renal cell, lumbar)

A 56 year-old man with back pain [...]

MAGNETOM Aera – Combining Throughput and Highest Quality Spine Imaging in an Optimized Clinical Workflow

The term WARP summarizes methods to minimize the impact of metal implants on MR image quality. This article introduces different techniques such as high bandwidth, VAT and SEMAC. [...]

Multiple myeloma

Back pain in a 58 year old woman [...]

Plasmacytoma (biopsy proven)

64 year old man with past medical history of HTN with complaint of abdominal pain and migratory rib, sternal and back pain for 1 year. [...]

Thoracic dural AV fistula

58 yr old woman presented with back pain. An MRI of the thoracic and lumbar spine was obtained. [...]

Metastatic Vertebral Disease

This 56-year-old male with a history of renal cell carcinoma presented to his primary care physician complaining of intractable back pain for one week. The MR examination performed for further assessment is given. [...]