Variations in vertebral venous vasculature

Grant, Caroline A., Newell, Nicolas, Izatt, Maree T., Keenan, Bethany E., Askin, Geoffrey N., Labrom, Robert D., & Pearcy, Mark J. (2015) Variations in vertebral venous vasculature. In The Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research - Spinal Research Symposium XIII, 13-15 August 2015, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, S.A. (Unpublished)



Cadaveric studies have previously documented typical patterns of venous drainage within vertebral bodies (VBs) [1,2,3], comprised primarily of the basivertebral vein, a planar tree like structure at the mid-height of the VB. These studies, however, are limited in the number of samples available, and so have not examined any potential differences in this anatomy in conditions such as scoliosis.

MRI is able to create 3D images of soft tissue structures in the spine, including the basivertebral vein without the use of contrast. As a non-invasive imaging technique this opens up the possibility of examining the venous network in multiple VBs within the same subject, in healthy controls as well as in subjects with abnormal anatomy such as adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).


High resolution MRI scans allow in vivo quantification of the vertebral venous system at multiple levels on healthy and scoliotic populations for the first time. The length of the basivertebral vein was seen to have a significant bias to the right hand side of the VB in both healthy and AIS adolescents. The spatial pattern of this vein showed large variations in branching both within and across individuals.

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ID Code: 87662
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: vertebral vein, basivertebral vein, vertebral body, idiopathic scoliosis, healthy controls, magnetic resonance imaging, MRI
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Authors
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2015 22:48
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 22:48

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