Zvonimir Ivan Lubina, Senka Baranovic, Ivan Karlak, Karlo Novacic, Tanja Potocki-Karacic, Dražen Lovrić


April 2013, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 892 - 897 Ideas and Technical Innovations Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-012-2537-z

First Online: 13 October 2012

Purpose

To present a new model derived from Ross’s model for the assessment of the total amount of epidural fibrosis and to present inter- and intravariability study.

Methods

Two readers blinded to each other and blinded to their first and second reading retrospectively evaluated the magnetic resonance examinations in 32 postoperative spine surgery patients using this model.

Results

Paired and unpaired two-sided t tests showed no significant difference between the first and second reading, and interclass correlation coefficient revealed good interobserver reliability.

Conclusion

The proposed model enables estimation of the amount of epidural fibrosis in postoperative lumbar spine and does not require any additional software or hardware. It is designed for multi-centered clinical studies where it is necessary to compare the values of epidural fibrosis between the tested and control group. The use of the proposed model is fast and practical and helps to avoid complications arising from image format, calibration and software, which are often encountered in multi-centered studies.


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