Radiologic assessment of lumbar intervertebral instability and degenerative spondylolisthesis

Radiol Clin North Am. 2001 Jan;39(1):55-71, v-vi. doi: 10.1016/s0033-8389(05)70263-3.


Despite many efforts, there is no clear and widely accepted definition of lumbar instability because there are no unquestionable and currently applicable clinical or radiologic criteria available for this entity. This article reviews the current concepts of lumbar instability and the different imaging modalities used to make the diagnosis as evident as possible.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / radiotherapy*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae* / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Myelography
  • Spondylolisthesis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed