Author: Douglas Gregerson, DC, DACBR

PET Imaging

PET Imaging

Although we are familiar with some of the more common advanced imaging techniques such as MRI, bone scans, and CT, new technologies are being developed and improved as each year passes. A relatively new imaging technology, of which you may be aware, is called PET imaging, which stands for “positron emission tomography”.

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MRI Detection of Paraspinal Muscle Atrophy in Lower Back Pain

MRI Detection of Paraspinal Muscle Atrophy in Lower Back Pain

In the United States, lower back pain (LBP) is the second most common reason for a patient to consult a doctor, surpassed only by upper respiratory infections (1). LBP is also one of the leading causes of disability during one’s working years (2) (3). Within the past several years, there has been increasing attention paid to the concept of decreased paraspinal muscle mass/fatty replacement and its relation to the development and persistence of LBP.

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