Nonoperative Spinal/Paraspinal Ultrasound in Adults

There is insufficient evidence in the peer-reviewed medical literature establishing the value of nonoperative spinal/paraspinal ultrasound in adults. Therefore, the AIUM states that, at this time, the use of nonoperative spinal/paraspinal ultrasound in adults (for study of intervertebral discs, facet joints and capsules, central nerves and fascial edema, and other subtle paraspinous abnormalities) for diagnostic evaluation, screening, diagnostic evaluation, including pain or radiculopathy syndromes, and for monitoring of therapy has no proven clinical utility.
Nonoperative spinal/paraspinal ultrasound in adults should be considered investigational. The AIUM urges investigators to perform properly designed research projects to evaluate the efficacy of these diagnostic spinal ultrasound examinations.

Approved: 10/31/1995; Reapproved: 06/30/2002, 04/06/2009, 04/02/2014

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