Lumbar Spondylosis Workup
- Author: Bruce M Rothschild, MD; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD more...
Radiographs, CT scans, and MRIs are used only in the event of complications. Bone density scan (eg, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scan [DEXA]) is used. Ensure that no osteophytes are in the area used for density assessment for spinal studies. Osteophytes produce the impression of increased bone mass, thus invalidating bone density tests if in the field of interest and masking osteoporosis.
Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) are used only in the event of complications.
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