Normal lumbar spine CT

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Lower lumbar back pain post motor vehicle accident. L4 tenderness. Fracture?

Patient Data

Age: 28-year-old
Gender: Female

Lumbar spine radiographs

The lumbosacral spine is in anatomical alignment, with preserved disc and vertebral height. No anterior wedging of the vertebral bodies or splaying of the posterior elements identified to suggest the presence of a fracture. The sacroiliac joints define normally, with no widening identified. An intrauterine device is present.


CT Lumbar spine

Vertebral bodies have normal alignment and height, with no evidence of fractures. Facet joints are preserved. Intervertebral discs are preserved in appearances and no evidence of significant disc bulge or herniation are seen. The spinal canal and intervertebral foramina are capacious. Paravertebral soft tissues are normal in appearances.

Case Discussion

This case illustrates normal radiographs and CT lumbar spine in a young adult patient. For other normal samples like this one, please refer to the article on normal spine imaging examples.

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Case information

rID: 46533
Published: 10th Jul 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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