Disc herniation nomenclature

Case contributed by Matt Skalski
Diagnosis not applicable

Illustrations based on the 2014 recommendations cited below.1

Annotated image

Same as above, but annotated on an axial CT image at L3/4. 

Case Discussion

It is important to use consistent and agreed upon nomenclature when describing the various morphologies of disc herniation to avoid causing confusion with referring providers.

The above illustrations follow the recommendations described in the 2014 (v2.0) recommendations of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology.1

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