A vertebral deformity (VD) is not always a vertebral fracture (VF). Because of lack of a completely satisfactory “gold standard”, there is no consensus on the exact definition of a VF. Therefore, it may sometimes be difficult, especially in mild cases, to discriminate the prevalent VF from a non-fracture deformity or short vertebral height (SVH). A combined standardized approach based on qualitative and semiquantitative (SQ) vertebral assessment may be the most option to correctly identify a VD as a VF. However this visual approach for VF identification is subjective, therefore it is mandatory an adequate training and experience of radiologist to reach a good sensitivity and specificity. Vertebral morphometry, objective and reproducible method, could be used only to evaluate the severity of VFs but requires the availability of reference values of vertebral height ratios. There is actually an evidentiary basis for suggesting that a qualitative approach by expert radiologists to morphological vertebral assessment, combined SQ and morphometric methods seem to be the preferred option for the correct diagnosis of VF as endplate or/and cortex fracture (ECF) or severe vertebral height loss.
How to define an osteoporotic vertebral fracture? / Diacinti, D.; Guglielmi, G.. - In: QUANTITATIVE IMAGING IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY. - ISSN 2223-4292. - 9:9(2019), pp. 1485-1494.
|Titolo:||How to define an osteoporotic vertebral fracture?|
DIACINTI, Daniele (Primo) [Writing – Original Draft Preparation]
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Citazione:||How to define an osteoporotic vertebral fracture? / Diacinti, D.; Guglielmi, G.. - In: QUANTITATIVE IMAGING IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY. - ISSN 2223-4292. - 9:9(2019), pp. 1485-1494.|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01m Editorial/Introduzione in rivista|