William T. Pochis, MD; Arthur Z. Krasnow, MD; B. David Collier, MD
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To the Editor: Deyo and colleagues (1) recently reviewed the use of diagnostic imaging procedures for evaluation of the lumbar spine. Radionuclide bone imaging was described as being most useful for the early detection of metastatic cancer or spinal infections and having a limited application in the investigation of low back pain. Such has not been the experience at the Affiliated Hospitals of the Medical College of Wisconsin. At our institution, investigation of chronic low back pain is one of the commonest indications for bone scanning.
The use of skeletal scintigraphy in the evaluation of low back pain has been
Pochis WT, Krasnow AZ, Collier BD. Diagnostic Imaging of the Lumbar Spine. Ann Intern Med. ;112:310–311. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-4-310
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(4):310-311.
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