MRI of Spinal Trauma
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Acute spinal trauma can cause instability, which can result in failure of the vertebral column to protect the spinal cord and nerve roots from severe damage, resulting in myeloradiculopathy with associated temporary or permanent paresis/paralysis. Adequate treatment planning and informed prognosis are highly dependent on a rapid and accurate evaluation of the vertebral column and status of the spinal cord. There is little documentation about the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of spinal trauma in dogs and cats, but it is a valuable tool, especially to evaluate the soft tissue components and secondary spinal cord injury. Radiography is insensitive for diagnosis of vertebral fractures and subluxations in the acute canine spinal trauma patient, and is a poor diagnostic tool to assess the stability of spinal fractures. In people, MRI is more sensitive for assessing spinal cord and supporting soft tissue injuries secondary to spinal trauma.