What is the role of MRI in the workup of idiopathic scoliosis?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Charles T Mehlman, DO, MPH; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been suggested to be primarily indicated in patients with idiopathic scoliosis with unusual complaints such as severe unexplained headaches and when clinical findings such as ataxia or cavus feet are present. [72] Routine MRI evaluation of all patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is not recommended. [73]


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