Aim of this study is to assess the clinical impact of coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR)-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) sequence, when acquired in a lumbar spine MR imaging protocol, in detecting significant extraspinal imaging findings in patients with low back pain (LBP).We retrospectively evaluated 931 lumbar spine MR examinations of patients with LBP. Extraspinal MR imaging findings were categorized as: probably related to LBP (Category 1), not related to LBP but with relevant implications on patient's care (Category 2), and not related to LBP without significant implications on patient's care (Category 3). For each MR imaging finding was also assessed if it was detectable or not on the conventional sagittal and axial acquisition planes.Of the 931 evaluated MR examinations, 60 (6.4%) showed additional extraspinal MR imaging findings, categorized as follows: 55% (33/60) probably related to LBP (Category 1), 22% (13/60) not related to LBP but with relevant implications on patient's care (Category 2), and 23% (14/60) not related to LBP and without significant implications on patient's care (Category 3). Among categories 1 and 2 (n = 46), the 72% (33/46) of imaging findings were detected only on coronal plane. Coronal-STIR sequence significantly changed patients' diagnostic work-flow in 3.5% (33/931) of cases.Coronal STIR sequence, acquired in a lumbar spine MR imaging protocol to investigate LBP, may aid radiologists in detecting additional extraspinal MR imaging findings that could be related to LBP, addressing to the most appropriate clinical management.

Clinical impact of coronal-STIR sequence in a routine lumbar spine MR imaging protocol to investigate low back pain

Romeo V.;Ponsiglione A.;Ugga L.;Barbuto L.;Verde F.;
2018

Abstract

Aim of this study is to assess the clinical impact of coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR)-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) sequence, when acquired in a lumbar spine MR imaging protocol, in detecting significant extraspinal imaging findings in patients with low back pain (LBP).We retrospectively evaluated 931 lumbar spine MR examinations of patients with LBP. Extraspinal MR imaging findings were categorized as: probably related to LBP (Category 1), not related to LBP but with relevant implications on patient's care (Category 2), and not related to LBP without significant implications on patient's care (Category 3). For each MR imaging finding was also assessed if it was detectable or not on the conventional sagittal and axial acquisition planes.Of the 931 evaluated MR examinations, 60 (6.4%) showed additional extraspinal MR imaging findings, categorized as follows: 55% (33/60) probably related to LBP (Category 1), 22% (13/60) not related to LBP but with relevant implications on patient's care (Category 2), and 23% (14/60) not related to LBP and without significant implications on patient's care (Category 3). Among categories 1 and 2 (n = 46), the 72% (33/46) of imaging findings were detected only on coronal plane. Coronal-STIR sequence significantly changed patients' diagnostic work-flow in 3.5% (33/931) of cases.Coronal STIR sequence, acquired in a lumbar spine MR imaging protocol to investigate LBP, may aid radiologists in detecting additional extraspinal MR imaging findings that could be related to LBP, addressing to the most appropriate clinical management.
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