T-spine - Compression fracture - Lateral

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T-spine - Compression fracture - Lateral

  • There is loss of height of a thoracic spine vertebral body indicating a compression injury
  • Without reference to the clinical history it is often not possible to accurately age compression fractures
  • The bones appear of low density but the diagnosis of osteoporosis cannot be made formally on the basis of X-rays alone

T-spine - Compression fracture - Lateral

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T-spine - Compression fracture - Lateral

  • There is a compression fracture with severe loss of vertebral body height and increased kyphosis
  • This injury was the result of a fall from height. The bones are of normal density

T-spine - Subtle compression fractures - Lateral

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T-spine - Subtle compression fractures - Lateral

  • There is loss of height of two contiguous thoracic vertebral bodies
  • Always compare the height of a vertebral body with that of the levels above and below a suspected fracture