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2019 Dec 01

Neurosurg Focus



Primary pain generator identification by CT-SPECT in patients with degenerative spinal disease.


Tender GC, Davidson C, Shields J, Robichaux J, Park J, Crutcher CL, DiGiorgio AM
Neurosurg Focus. 2019 Dec 01; 47(6):E18.
PMID: 31786562.


Axial spinal pain generators are difficult to identify using current diagnostic modalities. Merging CT with SPECT (CT-SPECT) scans allows for accurate identification of areas with increased osteoblastic activity, which may reflect pain generators. In this study, the authors aimed to evaluate the degree of pain improvement in patients who underwent surgery, addressing primary pain generators identified by CT-SPECT.