Can pathoanatomical pathways of degeneration in lumbar motion segments be identified by clustering MRI findings

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the gold standard for detailed visualisation of spinal pathological and degenerative processes, but the prevailing view is that such imaging findings have little or no clinical relevance for low back pain. This is because these findings appear to have little association with treatment effects in clinical populations, and mostly a weak association with the presence of pain in the general population.However, almost all research into these associations is based on the examination of individual MRI findings, despite its being very common for multiple MRI findings to coexist. Therefore, this proof-of-concept study investigated the capacity of a multivariable statistical method to identify clusters of MRI findings and for those clusters to be grouped into pathways of vertebral degeneration.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer198
TidsskriftB M C Musculoskeletal Disorders
Vol/bind14
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)198
ISSN1471-2474
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 3. jul. 2013

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