Images of Thoracolumbar Spine Injuries in Children

Thoracolumbar spine injuries can be easily classified suing plain x-rays, CAT scan and MRI (9,33).

Compression fracture

Compression fracture. Sagittal CAT scan reconstruction and x-ray showing compression fracture

Burst fracture

Burst fracture: Axial CAT scan showing burst fracture.

 

Burst fracture: Sagittal CAT scan sagittal reconstruction and sagittal T2 MRI showing burst fracture

 

Flexion-distraction (Chance fracture, seat belt injury)


Osseous flexion-distraction injury: CAT scan sagittal reconstruction, and sagittal T2 MRI showing injury.

 

Ligamentous/disk injury: Sagittal X-ray, sagittal CAT scan reconstruction, and sagittal T2 MRI showing injury.

 

Repair of ligamentous injury. Saggital CAT scan reconstruction of open-reduction, internal fixation of a ligamentous injury.

 

Combined osseous and ligamentous injury: Sagittal X-ray, CAT scan, and MRI showing combined injury.

 

Fracture-dislocation

Fracture dislocation injury. Sagittal x-ray, CAT scan, and MRI showing fracture dislocation.

 

Repair of Fracture dislocation injury. Saggital CAT scan reconstruction of open-reduction, internal fixation of a fracture dislocation.

 

SCIWORA

SCIWORA: Sagittal MRI showing no radiographic injury after SCI.