Spinal Hematoma Workup

Updated: Nov 10, 2015
  • Author: Rod J Oskouian, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

MRI, with and without gadolinium, is the diagnostic procedure of choice for investigating the possibility of a spinal cord hematoma. Spinal MRI demonstrates both the hematoma and the additional underlying pathology. Moreover, MRI imaging demonstrates other pathology if a spinal cord hematoma is not the cause of the patient's symptoms. [15]