WEBSITES : SPINE IMAGING |
Useful Websites related to Spine Imaging1.
Vertebrae anatomy tutorial at http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bio201/vert/vertut.htm
is an interactive tutorial by Dr J Crimando from the GateWay Community College,
Arizona. "The adult vertebral (spinal) column consists of 26 bones". The site
offers anatomical views of several important vertebrae including atlas, axis,
and thoracic and lumbar vertebra.
2. Nomenclature and Classification
of Lumbar Disc Pathology is a classic reference prepared meticulously by a
combined effort of American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Spine
Radiology and North American Spine Society. Available at http://www.asnr.org/spine_nomenclature/
the terminology proposed by a group of leading Clinical and Imaging experts is
increasingly endorsed and officially supported by many societies. The material
encompasses Recommendations, Discussion (part 1), Discussion (part 2) with illustrations,
Glossary, References and Appendix - all sections, which undoubtedly reflect the
opinion of chairpersons that "the hope of all of us who have worked on this project
is that it will ultimately improve the care of patients with spinal disorders."
3. The Neuroradiology Teaching File Database by John Hesselink,
MD is a useful and concise educative portal. Few important sections on the spine
that is dealt in the website includes Pediatric Spinal Anomalies at http://spinwarp.ucsd.edu/NeuroWeb/Text/sp-peds.html
and Degenerative Spine Disease at http://spinwarp.ucsd.edu/NeuroWeb/Text/sp-djd.html.
A host of other topics including spine related topics such as Spinal Cord and
Intradural Disease and Vertebral and Paravertebral Abnormalities is accessible
"From South Bank University, London is a series of important spine
cases listed in order of pathology. The concise and illustrative material available
takes in a variety of conditions such as Meningomyelocoele, Diastomatomyelia,
Neurofibromatosis, tuberculosis of bone, Chordoma sacrum, ankylosing spondylitis
5. Imaging Evaluation Of Cervical Spine is a useful essay
available at http://hsc.virginia.edu/med-ed/rad/cspine/
by Luke L. Yao et al from Department of Radiology, University of Virginia Health
Sciences Center, Virginia. The following headings cover the topic of cervical
spine illustratively: Technique, Anatomy, Fractures, Interpretation, and Management.
Imaging of the Postoperative Spine for Evaluation of Resurgical Options by
Michael Modic, MD from Division of Radiology at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
is a self-study course for radiologists, forming a part of CME feature by Radiology
InfoNet. The material available at http://www.radinfonet.com/
is an illustrative essay on a common but important entity in Radiology practice.
7. eSpine available at http://www.espine.com/
is a web portal fashioned by Robert Pashman, MD. The site focuses on the treatment
and research of adult and paediatric spinal entities such as deformities, trauma,
tumours, infections, and degenerative disorders of the spine. This site in particular
addresses the patients by providing information on several spinal procedures too.
eMedicine.com considered as the largest and most current Clinical Knowledge
Base available online has nearly 10,000 physician authors and editors contributing.
The section on Spine available at http://www.emedicine.com/orthoped/SPINE.htm
focuses on illustrative material on Orthopedic Surgery taking in Ankylosing Spondylitis,
Atlantoaxial Instability, a variety of fractures, Chordoma, Idiopathic Scoliosis,
Os Odontoideum, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Tumors etc.
9. The Virtual
Hospital is a digital library of health information, sourced from the University
of Iowa. Few useful and educative materials on common disease conditions afflicting
the Spine are available. In particular, two topics of universal interest are Back
Pain in Children - a Common Clinical Problem in Children authored by Michael
P. D'Alessandro, M.D. http://indy.radiology.uiowa.edu/Providers/Textbooks/BackPainInChildren/BackPainChildren.html
and Diagnosis of Disk Disease available at http://www.vh.org/adult/provider/radiology/DiagnosisDiskDisease/DiagnosisDiskDisease.html
authored by Georges Y. El-Khoury, M.D
10. The Wheeless
Textbook of Orthopedics offers a Spine Index focusing on a wide range of featured
topics related to spine at http://www.ortho-u.net/o11/10.htm.
The topics covered are wide ranging such as Management of the Spine Injured Patient,
Physical Exam of the Spine, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Back Pain in the Adult and
Child, Blood Supply, Classification of Spine Fractures and their Mechanisms, Columns
of the Spine, Congenital Defects, Development of Vertebral Column, Diffuse Idiopathic
Skeletal Hyperostosis, MRI of Spine, Myelogram, Os Odontoideum, Syringomyelia,
Tethered Cord Syndrome.
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