Three patients with benign subacute ostcoporotic vertebral compression fractures are presented. T1 weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images (SE 500/30) showed decreased vertebral signal. Because the results of the MR examination were thought to indicate malignant disease, extensive medical workups, including one biopsy, were pursued in all three patients. Routine (SE 500/30) spin-echo pulse sequences cannot definitively distinguish between benign and malignant vertebral compression fractures.
- MR, T, low signal, nonspecific
- Spine, compression fracture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging