Turkish Neurosurgery 2013 , Vol 23 , Num 6
Evaluation of the Prevertebral Soft Tissue Thickness by Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Mild Neck Problem
Ibrahim OZTURK1, Sema BULUT1, Mehmet H. ATALAR1, Ismail SALK1, Unal OZUM2
1Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Sivas, Turkey
2Cumhuriyet University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Sivas, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.7821-13.1 AIM: We encountered no study conducted on the evaluation of prevertebral soft tissue (PVST) thickness by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during our literature search. Measuring PVST thickness by MRI in the cervical region of adult cases was aimed in the present retrospective study.

MATERIAL and METHODS: For the intended purpose, a total of 136 patients, composed of both males and females, with ages ranging from 20 to 69 years, in whom no pathology in the cervical prevertebral region was revealed by MRI modality implemented for various reasons, were included in the study.

RESULTS: The upper limit of normal for PVST thickness was measured in our study to be 10 mm, 7 mm and 20 mm at C1, C2-C3 and C6-C7 vertebral levels, respectively. The least variation in the measurements and standard deviations were obtained at C3-C4 vertebral levels. Upon making a comparison between the measured PVST thicknesses on the basis of gender, the measurements at C2,C4 and C7 were found to display significant difference, whereas that was not the case for the measurements obtained at the other levels.

CONCLUSION: Progressively widespread use of MRI for the traumas inflicting the cervical region makes it obligatory to specify normal values for the thickness of PVST measured by MRI. Keywords : Cervical region, Magnetic resonance imaging, Prevertebral soft tissue

Corresponding author : Mehmet H. Atalar, mhatalar@gmail.com