Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine

Robert S. Zucker, Ger H. Ritsema, Paul J. Drinka, David M. Lefkowitz, E. James Potchen, Michael Brant-Zawadzki, Maureen C. Jensen, Richard A. Deyo

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To the Editor: Jensen et al. (July 14 issue)1 found that 64 percent of a group of 98 people without back pain had lumbar-spine disk abnormalities (bulges, protrusions, or extrusions). This result may be a substantial overestimate. How did the authors ensure that their study participants were truly free of symptoms? Participants were recruited from a particular hospital; presumably they were patients or employees and were likely to have a greater awareness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) than people in general. Given the high cost of MRI, it is conceivable that a substantial number of people with a history of…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1525-1526
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994

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    Zucker, R. S., Ritsema, G. H., Drinka, P. J., Lefkowitz, D. M., Potchen, E. J., Brant-Zawadzki, M., Jensen, M. C., & Deyo, R. A. (1994). Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine. New England Journal of Medicine, 331(22), 1525-1526.