What is the role of MRI in the workup of kyphosis?

Updated: May 04, 2020
  • Author: R Carter Cassidy, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be a useful adjunct in planning treatment for patients with kyphosis. If a neurologic abnormality is present, MRI may aid in localizing impingement on neural structures.

If surgery is being planned for the treatment of postinfectious kyphosis, MRI helps in planning an anterior approach with regard to the amount of resection needed (if any) to remove diseased bone.


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