Imaging Spinal Stenosis

Kiran S. Talekar, MD; Mougnyan Cox, MD; Elana Smith, MD; Adam E. Flanders, MD


Appl Radiol. 2017;46(1) 

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The imaging evaluation of spinal stenosis continues to evolve, with a move towards standardization and validation of diagnostic criteria. The combined task forces of the NASS, ASSR and ASNR is a primary driver of this movement towards standardization of lumbar stenosis nomenclature, and they continue to advocate a simple, reproducible, easily understood scheme for the evaluation of spinal stenosis. While the inherent value of accurate, standardized reporting of spinal stenosis is well recognized, it is important to remember that clinical significance depends on correlation with clinical data and cannot be inferred from morphologic data alone.