chapter  8
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Degenerative Disease of the Spine and Other Spondyloarthropathies

WithM. Cody O’Dell, Nathan J. Kohler, Brian K. Harshman, Steven A. Messina, Christopher W. Wasyliw, Gary Felsberg, and Laura W. Bancroft

Technically, imaging of the spine can be complex. The spinal canal is a deep, long cylindrical structure, which requires fine detail for adequate diagnostic evaluation.

Specialized coils are required to allow for adequate signal-to-noise ratio for imaging of each spinal segment. Field of view is typically smaller, ranging from 16-24 cm, in order to obtain adequate resolution.