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Case Report, J Spine Neurosurg Vol: 2 Issue: 4

Advanced Radiographic Imaging Results in Patients with Trabecular Metal™ Spinal Implants

Robert G Whitmore1, Dara Bakar1*, Paul Saiz2, Ira M Goldstein3, Regina Konz4 and William C Welch1
1Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
3Department of Neurological Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ, Newark, NJ, USA
4Zimmer Spine, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Corresponding author : Dara Bakar
Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Silverstein 3, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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410-459-0560; Fax: 215-829-6645
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: May 16, 2013 Accepted: September 07, 2013 Published: Spetember 11, 2013
Citation: Whitmore RG, Bakar D, Saiz P, Goldstein IM, Konz R, et al. (2013) Advanced Radiographic Imaging Results in Patients with Trabecular MetalTM Spinal Implants. J Spine Neurosurg 2:4. doi:10.4172/2325-9701.1000120

Abstract

 Advanced Radiographic Imaging Results in Patients with Trabecular Metal™ Spinal Implants

Trabecular Metal implants (TM) mimic desirable bone qualities of porosity and elasticity while maintaining excellent compressive strength. Despite these biomechanical advantages, metal spinal implants often cause metal artifact on postoperative computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Although tantalum-based spinal implants have been in use since 2002, the imaging properties of these devices have not been fully studied.

Keywords: Tantalum; Trabecular Metal implant; Spinal fusion; Magnetic resonance imaging; Computed tomography

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