MRI Thoracic spine - Sagittal T2 - Cord compression

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MRI Thoracic spine - Sagittal T2 - Cord compression

  • A vertebral body has completely collapsed as a result of a pathological fracture in this patient with metastatic breast cancer
  • A bone fragment of the collapsed vertebra (asterisk) has moved posteriorly and is compressing the spinal cord
  • No cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is visible anterior or posterior to the cord at the level of the compression
  • High signal in the cord represents oedema secondary to the compression
  • Note: If cord compression is suspected clinically then rapid imaging and treatment are indicated