Imaging-based planning for spine surgery

Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2006;15(5):260-6. doi: 10.1080/13645700600958457.


The planning of decompressive and reconstructive spine surgery is based on clinical findings and diagnostic imaging. The evaluation of segmental instability, but also of the risk of destabilization following a needed decompression of the spinal canal and/or neural foramina make complex spine surgery a challenge, bearing in mind the risk of failures in case of an inadequate operation. The insufficient correlation between imaging and clinical symptoms originating from the spine and its nerve roots has been frustrating for some decades. This review focuses on the new upright, dynamic-kinetic, i.e., "functional" MRI and its ability to detect load- and motion-dependent disc herniations, stenosis, instabilities, and combinations of these pathologies not seen during recumbent imaging.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc / physiopathology*
  • Intervertebral Disc / surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / surgery*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / methods*
  • Spinal Cord Compression / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Cord Compression / surgery*