Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma: Pearls and Pitfalls of the Newer Classification Systems
Learning Objectives: 1) To be familiar with the two most commonly used classification systems used in guiding clinical and surgical treatment of thoracolumbar fractures, including the limitations of both; 2) describe the roles of multidetector CT and MR imaging in the evaluation of spinal trauma, specifically, the respective strength of these imaging modalities in the assessment of bony and soft tissue injuries; 3) understand anatomy and biomechanics of the spine relevant to trauma, particularly the concept of the functional spinal unit; and 4) empower radiologists to help improve patient outcomes by incorporating concepts from the two most recent classifications into their daily practice of spinal trauma imaging, with prompt communication to the clinical team.
Keywords: ACR = American College of Radiology; ALL = anterior longitudinal ligament; AOSpine = Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen Spine Thoracolumbar Spine injury Classification System; LF = ligamentum flavum; MDCT = multidetector CT; PLC = posterior ligamentous complex; PLL = posterior longitudinal ligament; TL = thoracolumbar; TLICS = Thoracolumbar Injury Classification Severity Scale
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 1, 2018
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