Lumbar vertebral pedicles: radiologic anatomy and pathology

Crit Rev Diagn Imaging. 1988;28(2):75-132.


With the advancement of high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scanning the spine has added new knowledge to the various conditions affecting the pedicles. We wish to review the entire spectrum of pedicular lesions: the embryology, normal anatomy, normal variants, pitfalls, congenital anomalies, and pathological conditions are discussed. Different imaging modalities involving CT, isotope bone scanning, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are used to complement plain films of the lumbar spine. This subject review is an excellent source for future reference to lumbar pedicular lesions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / abnormalities
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries
  • Radiation Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*