The diagnosis of infections of the spine by modern imaging techniques

Orthop Clin North Am. 1996 Jan;27(1):15-31.


MR image scanning is the most sensitive and specific imaging modality to diagnose infection of the spine. The infected disc and adjacent vertebral end plates will show increased water signal owing to the infection. The diagnosis of infection of the spine and the differentiation between infection and lesions simulating infection is described.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / diagnosis
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Meningitis / diagnosis
  • Mycoses / diagnosis
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed