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2020 Jun 10

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Association of Modic change types and their short tau inversion recovery signals with clinical characteristics- a cross sectional study of chronic low back pain patients in the AIM-study.


Bråten L C H, Schistad E I, Espeland A, Kristoffersen P M, Julsrud Haugen A, Marchand G H, Vetti N, Pripp A H, Kadar T I, Skouen J S, Grotle M, Grøvle L, Zwart J-A, Brox J I, Storheim K
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020 Jun 10; 21(1):368.
PMID: 32522268.


Modic Changes (MCs, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal changes in the vertebral bone marrow extending from the vertebral endplate) may represent a subgroup of nonspecific chronic low back pain that could benefit from a specific management. The primary aim was to compare clinical characteristics between patients with type 1 versus type 2 MCs. The secondary aim was to explore associations between clinical characteristics and MC related short tau inversion recovery (STIR) signals.