Cervical ribs: Identification on MRI and clinical relevance

Michael J. Walden, Mehmet E. Adin, Ravindran Visagan, Valentina G. Viertel, Jarunee Intrapiromkul, Fernando Maluf, Neil V. Patel, Fatma Alluwaimi, Doris Lin, David M. Yousem

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To determine the prevalence of cervical ribs on cervical spine MRI and clinical relevance, we reviewed 2500 studies for cervical ribs and compression of neurovascular structures and compared to CT, when available. Brachial plexus or subclavian artery contact by cervical rib was identified on MRI and/or CT in 12 cases with diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome in one. Cervical ribs were identified on 1.2% (25/2083) of examinations, lower than on CT (2%), but MRI may offer equivalent anatomic explanation for patient symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-941
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • CT
  • Cervical ribs
  • MRI
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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