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The Face of the Spine: Clue to Underlying Pathology—Systematic Approach to the Interpretation of the Thoracolumbar Spine Radiographs

Dieckman, Shane DO; Bui-Mansfield, Liem T. MD

Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology: March 31st, 2014 - Volume 37 - Issue 7 - p 1–7
doi: 10.1097/01.CDR.0000445342.74476.64

Dr. Dieckman is Staff Radiologist, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi; and Dr. Bui-Mansfield is Chief, Musculoskeletal Radiology Section, Department of Radiology, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; E-mail:

After participating in this activity, the diagnostic radiologist should be better able to identify the anatomical landmarks that make up the face of the spine on an AP radiograph, and furthermore develop a systematic approach to the radiographic interpretation of the thoracolumbar spine, aided by the acronym “ABCS.”

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The opinions and assertions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as official or as representing the opinions of the Department of the Army, Department of the Air Force, or the Department of Defense.

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