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ECR 2018 / C-0454
Spine Facet Joint Injections (FJI) and RadioFrequency Ablation (RFA) under Ultrasound -CT and Ultrasound-MRI fusion guidance : feasibility study using a multipurpose magnetic tracking system
Congress: ECR 2018
Poster No.: C-0454
Type: Scientific Exhibit
Keywords: Cost-effectiveness, Computer Applications-Virtual imaging, Ablation procedures, Ultrasound, MR, CT, Musculoskeletal spine, Musculoskeletal joint, Interventional non-vascular, Image registration, Image verification
Authors: G. Bizzarri1, L. Velari1, L. Di Vito2, A. Bianchini3, D. Valle4, M. stefani3, A. Dell'Era5; 1Albano Laziale/IT, 2Roma/IT, 3Rome/IT, 4Roma (RM)/IT, 5Gravedona/IT
DOI:10.1594/ecr2018/C-0454

Aims and objectives

FJ degeneration is responsible for up to 40% of Lower Back Pain (LBP). FJ degeneration is easily detectable using Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Although accurate CT/MRI guidance is definitely an expensive solution. Ultrasound guidance itself may be attractive, but it is too challenging because of a lack of detailed information in the vicinity of the bone. Nowadays, intra-articular injections and RFA are mainly performed using fluoroscopy or CT guidance. If real-time ultrasound were able to avoid the problem of spatial resolution it could be a promising technique due to the absence of radiation and  time and cost reductions. There is therefore a need to combine accuracy and high spatial resolution with a well-tolerated and inexpensive real-time technique. We report on preliminary experiences with ultrasound CT and ultrasound MRI fusion guidance using a multipurpose magnetic-tracking system. [1][2][3][4][5]

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