ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyHumphreys S. Craig; An, Howard S.; Eck, Jason C.; Coppes, Mark; Lim, Tae-Hong; Estkowski, LloydJournal of Spinal Disorders: August 1998 - p 295-299 Buy Abstract Summary Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is considered the gold standard for soft-tissue disease. The traditional MR imaging series uses axial and sagittal views. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that oblique MR imaging provides valuable information about the cervical foramen not available from the conventional MR imaging technique. Ten asymptomatic individuals volunteered for MR imaging. Measurements were taken of height, width, and area for the nerves and foramen at the entrance and mid zones. Nerves were graded as normal, contacted, or deformed. Normal foraminal morphology in asymptomatic individuals and characteristics that compromise the space available for the nerve root were identified. Nerves with minimal or no contact had significantly greater foraminal widths than nerves with significant contact. Although there was a correlation between nerve contact and foraminal width, regression analysis did not demonstrate a correlation between disc height and foraminal size. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.