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Identification of the Lumbar Interspinous Spaces; Palpation Versus Ultrasound Versus Fluoroscopy

Start date: September 2011
Phase: N/A
Study type: Interventional

The of epidurals and spinals, relies primarily on palpation of anatomic landmarks that are not always easy to find, More so, even after correct identification of palpable landmarks, Variability exists leading to performing neuraxial injection in undetermined intralaminar level. The most accurate method for identifying the interspace is the using of the fluoroscopy or CT technique, but exposure to radiation and availability make it unpractical in majority of cases. As ultrasound technology becomes more accessible to the clinician, it holds great potential to facilitate performing neuraxial anesthesia by the anesthesiologist in routine cases. The aim of this study to compare the accuracy of identifying the intervertebral space, between manual palpation, versus ultrasound versus fluoroscopy.