MRI characteristics of tuberculous spondylitis

Clin Radiol. 2011 Aug;66(8):778-87. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2011.02.016. Epub 2011 May 12.


Spondylitis is the most common osseous manifestation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Although treatable, it continues to cause significant mortality and morbidity. Early diagnosis through familiarity with its imaging characteristics is essential to permit rapid treatment and prevent potential life-limiting consequences. In this review, we demonstrate the key magnetic resonance imaging features of this disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Radiobiology
  • Spondylitis / diagnosis*
  • Spondylitis / pathology
  • Tuberculosis, Spinal / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Spinal / pathology