What is the role of imaging in the preprocedure evaluation for percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Justin A Siegal, MD  more...
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Studies to consider in the evaluation of patients for vertebroplasty include plain film X-ray, CT scan, and MRI of the spine. These three modalities will help determine which vertebra is to be injected.

MRI will allow for evaluation of canal narrowing or osteomyelitis. CT will allow for evaluation of lytic or blastic bone lesion and plain films can be useful for procedural planning.

Obtaining informed consent and a thorough discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives is an important aspect of any procedure.


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