Accurately identifying vertebral levels in large datasets

28 Jan 2020Daniel C. EltonVeit SandfortPerry J. PickhardtRonald M. Summers

The vertebral levels of the spine provide a useful coordinate system when making measurements of plaque, muscle, fat, and bone mineral density. Correctly classifying vertebral levels with high accuracy is challenging due to the similar appearance of each vertebra, the curvature of the spine, and the possibility of anomalies such as fractured vertebrae, implants, lumbarization of the sacrum, and sacralization of L5... (read more)

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