Sclerotic lesions of the spine: MRI assessment

Charles Mugera, Kyung J. Suh, Thierry A.G.M. Huisman, Kristi Weber, Allan J. Belzberg, John A. Carrino, Avneesh Chhabra

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Sclerotic (T2 dark) lesions of the spine are infrequent and, as a result, these are often missed or misdiagnosed. Plain films may not be always available during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) readout. Knowledge of such lesions and their imaging appearances on MRI evaluation is essential for a reader. Additionally, a systematic approach is important to accurately diagnose these lesions. In this article we discuss the various causes of spinal sclerotic lesions, describe their MRI characteristics with relevant case examples, and outline a systematic approach to their evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1310-1324
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


  • diffuse
  • focal
  • sclerotic lesions
  • spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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