Incidental vertebral lesions

Neurosurg Focus. 2011 Dec;31(6):E17. doi: 10.3171/2011.9.FOCUS11207.


Incidental vertebral lesions on imaging of the spine are commonly encountered in clinical practice. Contributing factors include the aging population, the increasing prevalence of back pain, and increased usage of MR imaging. Additionally, refinements in CT and MR imaging have increased the number of demonstrable lesions. The management of incidental findings varies among practitioners and commonly depends more on practice style than on data or guidelines. In this article we review incidental findings within the vertebral column and review management of these lesions, based on available Class III data.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Diseases / therapy
  • Spine / abnormalities*
  • Spine / pathology*