Early diagnosis of lumbar spondylolysis by MRI

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1993 Sep;75(5):764-8. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.75B5.8376435.


Radiography and CT and MRI scans of the lumbar spine were performed in young patients complaining of pain during extension of the lumbar spine but without neurological signs in the lower limbs. T1-weighted MR images in the coronal plane showed a hypo-intense area in the pars interarticularis before the detection of spondylolysis at that site by plain radiography or CT. We suggest that this may be useful in the early diagnosis of spondylolysis.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Spondylolysis / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed