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Frequency and Clinical Importance of Incidental Abnormalities Detected on Lumbar CT


Objective: To evaluate the frequency and clinical relevance of incidentally detected findings during routine CT examination of the lumbar spine. Design/Participants: Prospective study of 400 patients (212 men and 188 women aged 20 to 91 years) who underwent outpatient lumbar spine CT between June 2008 and July 2009. Methods: Each lumbar spine CT examination was reported by a neuroradiologist, with extraspinal findings included in the spinal CT report. Subsequently, abdominal images more...
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