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The Use of Imaging in Management of Patients with Low Back Pain.

Dinesh Rao1Gaelyn Scuderi2Chris Scuderi3Reetu Grewal3Sukhwinder Js Sandhu1
1Departments of Radiology and, 2Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, 3Ackerman Cancer Center, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Date of Submission: 29-Mar-2018, Date of Acceptance: 11-May-2018, Date of Web Publication: 24-Aug-2018.
Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Dinesh Rao

Department of Radiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, 655 West 8th Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, USA.
E-mail: dinesh.rao@jax.ufl.edu

Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Dinesh Rao

Department of Radiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, 655 West 8th Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, USA.
E-mail: dinesh.rao@jax.ufl.edu

DOI: 10.4103/jcis.JCIS_16_18 Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin

ABSTRACT


Lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common chief complaints encountered in primary care. Advanced imaging studies, including computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are frequently ordered in the setting of LBP. Structural abnormalities are commonly identified by CT and MRI in patients complaining of low back pain, however, these findings are also found in asymptomatic patients. In the past decade, multiple guidelines have been published to help providers identify patients in whom the use of advanced imaging is appropriate. In this article, we review common conditions associated with LBP that require advanced imaging along with their clinical and associated imaging findings.
Keywords: Computerized tomography, low back pain, magnetic resonance imaging

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