Spinal stenosis in either the cervical or lumbar spinal segments is one of the most common indications for spine imaging and intervention, particularly among the elderly. This article examines the pathophysiology and imaging of the corresponding clinical syndromes, cervical spondylotic myelopathy or neurogenic intermittent claudication. The specificity fault of spine imaging is readily evident in evaluation of spinal stenosis, as many patients with anatomic cervical or lumbar central canal narrowing are asymptomatic. Imaging also may be insensitive to dynamic lesions. Those imaging features that identify symptomatic patients, or predict response to interventions, are emphasized.
- Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
- Foraminal stenosis
- Myelopathy cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM)
- Neurogenic intermittent claudication (NIC)
- Spinal stenosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging