Should we perform susceptibility weighted MRI (sMRI) for vertebral fractures?


This study shows that sMRI is a valuable addition to conventional MRI for patients with vertebral fractures.


Key points:
• sMRI allows a reliable evaluation of vertebral body fractures.
• sMRI has higher accuracy than standard-MRI for evaluation of vertebral body fractures.
• sMRI is especially useful in patients with non-healed vertebral body fractures.

Article: Evaluation of vertebral body fractures using susceptibility-weighted magnetic resonance imaging

Authors: Sarah M. Böker, Lisa C. Adams, Yvonne Y. Bender, Moritz Wagner, Torsten Diekhoff, Eva Fallenberg, Bernd Hamm and Marcus R. Makowski