Advanced Image-Guided Procedures for Painful Spine

Yian Chen, Teresa Tang, Michael Anthony Erdek

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In addition to basic image-guided injections, there are many advanced procedures to address the challenges of spine pain. Patients with debilitating symptoms are offered relief, a shorter recovery period, and fewer potential complications. Pain arises from numerous sites along the spine, presenting as spine pain or radiculopathy. This article is an overview of advanced techniques in this rapidly progressing field, including neuromodulation, radiofrequency thermocoagulation, discography, intradiscal thermocoagulation, and percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression; and it highlights etiologic factors and their relationship to therapeutic technique and clinical evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Discography
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • High-frequency stimulation
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Neuromodulation
  • Percutaneous lumbar decompression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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