In Vivo Topographic Analysis of Lumbar Facet Joint Space Width Distribution in Healthy and Symptomatic Subjects

Spine, 05/18/2012

This in vivo study shows variations in facet joint space width narrowing with spinal level and region within the facet joint and in vivo evidence of localized, age–influenced facet cartilage thinning. Techniques developed in this study may be applied in the detection of early osteoarthritis–related changes in the facet joints.

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