Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.
Figure 1 shows a broken (fractured) vertebra from thin, weak bones caused by osteoporosis (compression fracture).
Figure 2 shows a needle inserted into the fractured vertebra.
Figure 3 shows cement injected into the vertebra to give it structural support.
Last Revised: November 10, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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