The imaging methods used to evaluate patients with suspected vertebral injuries have undergone radical changes in the past decade, the most significant being the ascendancy of computed tomography (CT) to become the primary investigative modality. Issues such as high radiation dose associated with CT studies and health care reform and cost containment also have a significant impact on clinical decision-making. This new edition of the classic landmark text for vertebral trauma imaging provides an in-depth discussion on the indications and methods of imaging the spine based on currently available clinical evidence. Every chapter has been extensively revised and the illustrations represent state-of-the-art imaging. A completely new chapter on pediatric injuries has been added. Imaging of Vertebral Trauma, third edition, is an invaluable and essential tool in the assessment of any patient with suspected vertebral or spinal cord injury.
Richard H. Daffner MD, FACR, is Professor of Radiological Sciences, Drexel University College of Medicine and Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Preface; 1. Overview of vertebral injuries; 2. Anatomic considerations; 3. Biomechanical considerations; 4. Imaging of vertebral trauma: a. Indications and controversies; 5. Imaging of vertebral trauma: a. Radiography, computer tomography, and myelography; 6. Imaging of vertebral trauma: a. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging Bryan S. Smith and Richard H. Daffner; 7. Mechanisms of injury and their 'fingerprints'; 8. Radiologic 'footprints' of vertebral injury: the ABCS; 9. Vertebral injuries in children Geetika Khanna and Georges Y. El-Khoury; 10. Vertebral stability and instability; 11. Normal variants and pseudofractures; Bibliography; Index.