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“Cauda Equina Syndrome” : Dispelling the Magical Key for Emergently Unlocking the MRI Scanner at Night 2011

General Spine

Lubdha, M, Shah, M.D.
Cameron, Evans, M.D., Non ASSR Member
Anne, Osborn, M.D., Non ASSR Member

Paper/Non-Mentor

Purpose

Poor understanding of cauda equina syndrome (CES) has lead to overzealous emergent spine imaging. This study will review the clinical definition of CES and the various causative pathologies in order to suggest an algorithm for the evaluation of such patients. Our aim is to help clarify appropriate indications for MR imaging for lumbar spine in the emergency setting.

Methods & Materials

A retrospective review of the radiology information system was completed for MRI lumbar spine studies performed over a 12-month period for the indication of â