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Abstract #0307

UTE MR morphology of Cartilaginous Endplates Adjacent to Vertebral Endplate Lesions in Human Lumbar Spine

Won C Bae 1 , Karen Chen 2,3 , Graeme M Bydder 1 , and Christine B Chung 2,3

1 Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States, 2 VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, United States, 3 University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States

Cartilaginous endplate (CEP) deficiency has been cited as a cause of vertebral endplate (VEP) lesions. UTE MRI, which enables direct evaluation of CEP morphology, was used to evaluate lumbar spines with and without VEP lesions. CEP overlying normal VEP were generally normal, while CEP overlying VEP lesions were abnormal. Agreement between observers was substantial. UTE MRI of the CEP may be useful for better understanding of CEP pathology, and etiology of VEP lesions.

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