Lumbar degenerative disease increases with age and is common in the elderly population. The symptoms caused by the osseous degeneration affect the quality of life. Zero echo time (ZTE) sequence could capture and reveal short-T2 materials, allowing to obtain osseous information without ionizing radiation. The ZTE performed similarly to multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) on the ordinal variables and most measurements of osseous spine. ZTE-MRI could offer more cortical bone details than conventional MRI images and might be a valid alternative to CT for assessment of lumbar osseous morphology to some extent.