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Abstract #4473

Predictive patient assessment via T2 Mapping of the Lumbar Intervertebral Disc at 3T: Correlation of T2 values with clinical reports, morphological grading, RMDQ, and VAS at a 5-year follow-up in patients with low back pain

Marcus Raudner1, David Stelzeneder2, Claudia Kronnerwetter1, Vladimir Juras1, Karin Pieber3, Reinhard Windhager2, and Siegfried Trattnig1

1High Field MR Centre, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 2Department of Orthopaedics, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Anatomical determination of cause for low back pain often remains impossible in the majority of patients. This study examined the diagnostic and predictive capabilities of T2 values of the lumbar intervertebral discs (IVDs). Twenty-five symptomatic patients were examined via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3T at baseline and 5-year follow-up (FU). Combining radiological reports, morphological grading, region-of-interest (ROI) analysis and patient assessment (VAS and Roland-Morris-Disability-Questionnaire), significant predictive capabilities were identified.

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