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3.0T Lumbar spine - Fletcher Allen Health Care

Braff, Steven, M.D. Burlington, Fletcher Allen Health Care USA
White, gretchen Burlington, Fletcher Allen Health Care USA

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ExamCard purpose

Assessing possible lumbar spine pathology, including but not limited to HNP, cord compression and abscess. This ExamCard is applied for patients presenting with low back pain, infection, abscess, herniated and other existing or suspected lumbar spine pathology.

ExamCard overview

Lumbar Spine
Scan 1Survey
Scan 2Reference scan
Scan 3Opt Sag
Scan 4Sag T2W TSE
Scan 5Sag T1W TSE
Scan 6Ax T2W TSE
Scan 7Ax T1W stack 1
Scan 8Ax T1W stack 2
Scan 9Cor SSh TE 80
Scan 10T2W 3D HR

First scans are survey and reference scan for CLEAR. Opt Sag is an optional sagittal view.


Sag T2W TSE visualizes disk space and potential pathology.

Sag T1W TSE visualizes lumbar spine anatomy.

Ax T2W TSE visualizes disk and potential pathology.


Both Ax T1W scans visualize anatomy (stack 1 and stack 2). Cor SSh TE 80 visualizes kidneys and hip joints.


T2W 3D HR is an optional, very high resolution, T2-weighted scan

ExamCard images

Sag T2W Sag T1W
Sag T2W
Sag T1W
Ax T2W Ax T1W
Ax T2W
Ax T1W

Patient preparation

Position the patient supine, head first.

The SENSE Spine coil is applied.

Use pillows under knees for comfort, elbow pads

Contrast agent / injection protocol

Only when indicated, Gadolinium contrast agent is injected. Then perform sagittal and axial T1-weighted fat sat scans.

Post-processing / analysis

None necessary.

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