Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2019; 23(06): 581-583
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1697943
Review Article
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Weight-bearing Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Cervical Spine

Ryan Ka Lok Lee
1   Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, I-rad Medical Diagnostic Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
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James F. Griffith
2   Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
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Publication Date:
19 November 2019 (online)

Abstract

The cervical spine is subject to the effect of gravity in the upright position. Weight-bearing upright magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) potentially allows a better diagnosis and evaluation of cervical spine pathology that may be masked or not fully appreciated in the usual non–weight-bearing supine position. Only limited studies are currently available in this area. This article summarizes the current literature on weight-bearing MRI of the cervical spine.