Normal lumbar spine MRI - low-field MRI scanner

Case contributed by Bruno Di Muzio
Diagnosis not applicable


Vague back pain.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

MRI lumbar spine (0.3 T)


The alignment of the lumbar spine is normal with vertebral bodies keeping their normal height and marrow signal.

The intervertebral discs keep their normal signal and height.

The conus terminates at the inferior aspect of L1 and has a normal appearance.

The paraspinal tissues are unremarkable.

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates the normal appearance of the lumbar spine using a low-field MRI scanner in a young adult. For more examples of normal exams, please refer to the article on normal spine imaging examples.

Despite its low resolution compared to the state-of-art 1.5 T and 3.0 T MRI scanners, low-field MRI scanners (0.2-0.4 T) are popular in developing countries due to their low cost.

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