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The imaging methods used to evaluate patients with suspected vertebral injuries have undergone radical changes in the past decade, the most significant being the ascendancy of computed tomography (CT) to become the primary investigative modality. Issues such as high radiation dose associated with CT studies and health care reform and cost containment also have a significant impact on clinical decision-making. This new edition of the classic landmark text for vertebral trauma imaging provides an in-depth discussion on the indications and methods of imaging the spine based on currently available clinical evidence. Every chapter has been extensively revised and the illustrations represent state-of-the-art imaging. A completely new chapter on pediatric injuries has been added. Imaging of Vertebral Trauma, third edition, is an invaluable and essential tool in the assessment of any patient with suspected vertebral or spinal cord injury. Features • A classic work now in its 3rd edition - already very well established amongst radiologists as the landmark work on the subject • All imaging modalities covered, along with rationale for selecting the most appropriate modality • Highly illustrated with state-of-the-art images of all spinal cord and vertebral injuries Richard H. Daffner, Drexel University, Philadelphia Table of Contents Preface 1. Overview of vertebral injuries 2. Anatomic considerations 3. Biomechanical considerations 4. Imaging of vertebral trauma: a. Indications and controversies 5. Imaging of vertebral trauma: a. Radiography, computer tomography, and myelography 6. Imaging of vertebral trauma: a. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging Bryan S. Smith and Richard H. Daffner 7. Mechanisms of injury and their 'fingerprints' 8. Radiologic 'footprints' of vertebral injury: the ABCS 9. Vertebral injuries in children Geetika Khanna and Georges Y. El-Khoury 10. Vertebral stability and instability 11. Normal variants and pseudofractures Bibliography Index.