‘Routine’ spine X-ray formats

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1. Report format for frontal and lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine

Findings/impression:

There are five non-rib bearing lumbar type vertebrae. There is no fracture or destructive osseous lesion. Straightening of lumbar spine. Alignment is maintained. Mild to moderate degenerative changes at L5/S1. Vertebral body heights and intervertebral disc spaces are otherwise intact. Paraspinal soft tissues are unremarkable. Visualized, sacroiliac joins are unremarkable.

 

2. Report format for frontal and lateral radiographs of the cervical spine

Findings/Impression:

There is no acute fracture or destructive osseous lesion. Alignment is maintained. Vertebral body heights and intervertebral disc spaces are intact. Preverbal soft tissues are unremarkable. Lung apices are clear.

 

3. Reporting format for frontal and lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine with compression fracture

Findings:

There are five non-rib bearing lumbar type vertebrae. There is an approximately 30% superior endplate wedge compression fracture of L1 with retropulsion of the posterior superior endplate likely contributing to mild canal narrowing. Alignment is maintained. The paraspinal soft tissues are unremarkable.

Impression:

30% superior endplate wedge compression fracture of L1 with posterior superior endplate retropulsion contributing to mild canal narrowing.

 

– Ankita Ahuja, Innovision Imaging, Mumbai

 

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