Global Spine J 2014; 04(02): 121-128
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1375563
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Kinetic Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Cervical Spine: A Review of the Literature

Elizabeth L. Lord1, Raed Alobaidan1, Shinji Takahashi2, Jeremiah R. Cohen3, Christopher J. Wang4, Benjamin J. Wang4, Jeffrey C. Wang4
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka City University, Osaka City, Osaka, Japan
  • 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 4USC Spine Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
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Publication History

07 March 2014

19 March 2014

Publication Date:
29 April 2014 (eFirst)


Study Design Literature review.

Objective The purpose of this study is to compile and review the body of literature related to kinetic magnetic resonance imaging (kMRI) of the cervical spine.

Methods A review of literature related to kMRI was performed using PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines.

Results We included 16 prospective and retrospective studies of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients who underwent kMRI of the cervical spine.

Conclusions Data suggest that kMRI is able to provide meaningful information regarding changes in the cervical spine in both normal and pathologic segments. A prospective study comparing magnetic resonance imaging and kMRI is needed to confirm clinically utility of this technology.