Use of Intraoperative Ultrasound During Spinal Surgery.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

STUDY DESIGN: Review and technical report. OBJECTIVE: Intraoperative ultrasound has been used by spine surgeons since the early 1980s. Since that time, more advanced modes of intraoperative imaging and navigation have become widely available. Although the use of ultrasound during spine surgery has fallen out of favor, it remains the only true real-time imaging modality that allows surgeons to visualize soft tissue anatomy instantly and continuously while operating. It is our objective to demonstrate that for this reason, ultrasound is a useful adjunctive technique for spine surgeons, especially when approaching intradural lesions or when addressing pathology in the ventral spinal canal via a posterior approach. METHODS: Using PubMed, the existing literature regarding the use of intraoperative ultrasound during spinal surgery was evaluated. Also, surgical case logs were reviewed to identify spinal operations during which intraoperative ultrasound was used. Illustrative cases were selected and reviewed in detail. RESULTS: This article provides a brief review of the history of intraoperative ultrasound in spine surgery and describes certain surgical scenarios during which this technique might be useful. Several illustrative cases are provided from our own experience. CONCLUSIONS: Surgeons should consider the use of intraoperative ultrasound when approaching intradural lesions or when addressing pathology ventral to the thecal sac via a posterior approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vasudeva, VS; Abd-El-Barr, M; Pompeu, YA; Karhade, A; Groff, MW; Lu, Y

Published Date

  • October 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 648 - 656

PubMed ID

  • 28989844

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5624373

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2192-5682

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/2192568217700100


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England