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What images are being used in this study?

The images being used in this study are all MR images obtained at the Exeter MR Research Centre. The images are from the lumbar spines of 15 volunteers and span the lumbar region from the top of the pelvis to the bottom of the ribs. The images were originally acquired for a different research study and all the volunteers consented to their images being used for other studies such as this one.

How are MR images acquired?

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What does the lumbar spine look like in the images?

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What other anatomy do the images show?

Although our project is only interested in the lumbar spine, the images that we are using include the surrounding anatomy. The anatomy that can be seen in the images depends on where they come from along the lumbar spine. The first image shown below comes from near the bottom of the lumbar spine and includes some of the pelvis. The second image comes from near the top of the lumbar spine and shows a bit of the ribs and the kidneys.



Do images from different people look the same?

The images below are all from the same level in the spine (near the tummy button) but are from six different people. The images look very different because everyone’s anatomy is a bit different. Also, people are different sizes and have differing amounts of muscle and fat in their bodies.