MRI of Disc Herniation and Lumbar Stenosis



- Discussion:
    - MRI findings in normal subjects (from Boden-SD)
          - note that there is a 29% prevalence of disc herniation in asymtomatic individuals;
          - patients less than 60 years of age:
                 - 20 per % will have a herniated nucleus pulposus
                 - degeneration or bulging of a disc at at least one lumbar level in 35 % of patients less than thirty-nine years of age;
          - patients more than 60 years of age:
                 - 36 % of patients will have a herniated nucleus pulposus;
                 - 21 % will have spinal stenosis;
    - disc herniation:
          - MRI is emerging as the most accurate study for disc herniation;
          - disk herniation is characterized by extension of the disk beyond margins of adjacent vertebral bodies;
    - degernative changes: may be overestimated on T2 signal images;
    - diff dx:
          - disk space infection is characterized by abnormally high signal intensity w/in intervertebral disk & paraspinal tissues on T2 images;

- Type I Changes:
    - includes decreased signal intensity on T1 images & incr signal intensity on T(2) images;
    - associated w/ end-plate disruption and fissuring w/ ingrowth of vascularized fibrous tissue;
    - seen in about 5 % of pts who undergo MRI scanning for disk disease;

- Type II Changes:
    - characterized by incr signal intensity on T(1) images & slightly increased signal intensity on T2-weighted images;
    - seen in about 16 % of the patients;
    - these changes are assoc w/ fatty marrow replacement in vertebral body.

- Type III Changes:
    - sclerosis is caused by the presence of woven bone.
    - end-plate defect sometimes w/ Schmorl's nodules;
    - intravertebral disk herniation that can be associated with sclerosis w/ in the vertebral body adjacent to intravertebral herniated disk



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Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Friday, April 13, 2012 1:40 pm