Some radiographically ‘occult’ osteoporotic vertebral fractures can be evidential if we look carefully

Yì Xiáng J. Wáng, Nazmi Che-Nordin

Abstract

It has been well documented that acute osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVF) can have no visible deformation of vertebral body, and these OVFs are commonly termed as radiographically ‘occult’ (1-4). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help the diagnosis of these occult OVFs. However, some of these ‘occult’ OVF are actually radiographically evidential if we look carefully.