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Our journal is the official publication of Inonu University Medical Faculty and published uninterruptedly for 25 years. It was first published as the name of Inonu University Medical Journal and later as Journal of Turgut Ozal Medical Center. During its publication period, the journal accepted Turkish or English articles for publication.

Abstracting in an international index is just a paramount objective in the 25th year of the journal. Because of this goal, it was necessary to make a decision both in terms of journal name and publication language. It was important in this respect that the name of a general medical journal should be related to medicine again and it should be in English. For these reasons, the name of the journal was switched to Annals of Medical Research and its publication language is changed to in English. The logo of the journal was chosen as an apricot, which is the symbol of our city Malatya, the world capital of apricot. I hope the journal succeeds with its new name. Annals of Medical Research is published monthly.



Morphometric MRI assessment of lumbar region in healthy individuals (p.2352-7)

Morphometric MRI assessment of lumbar region in healthy individuals (p.2352-7)

Ismail Istemen, Semih Kivanc Olguner, Ali Arslan, Vedat Acik
Department of Neurosurgery, Adana City Education and Research Hospital, Adana,Turkey
Copyright © 2020 by authors and Annals of Medical Research Publishing Inc.


Aim: In our study, we aimed to obtain normal anatomical data in healthy individuals by magnetic resonance imaging, which we frequently use in our daily practice. We encounter quite frequently with the lumbar pathologies. To identify the pathological one, the normal one must first be defined. For this, anatomical studies are the most ideal methods, but costly and challenging studies. Morphometric assessment of the lumbar region by magnetic resonance imaging in the normal population is not common in the literature.
Material and Methods: The workup of 100 patients who presented to our clinic, did not have low back pain, underwent lumbar MRI examination for different reasons and whose results were reported to be normal, were evaluated using the PACS system. Morphological evaluation of the paravertebral muscles, ligamentum flavum, and the spinal canal was performed on the right and left sides separately. The data were analyzed by age, gender, and body mass index.
Results: Forty-nine patients were females, and 51 were males. The mean age of the patient group was 34.62±9.54 years, and mean BMI was 24.96±3.32 kg/m2. Ligamentum flavum thickness and muscle areal measurements were similar between both sides. The comparisons of clinical measurements between females and males revealed that the areas of muscles were significantly higher among males and all other measurements were similar between sexes. There was a weak and positive correlation between age and both right and left erector spinae area. The only parameters that weakly and positively correlated with body mass index were right and left erector spinae areas.
Conclusion: In our study, we reported the morphological characteristics of the lumbar region in healthy individuals. An increase in the cross-sectional areas of the erector spinae and the spinal canal at the L5-S1 level was observed with the age. An asymmetry may develop in LF measurements with the age. There was also a positive correlation between body mass index and the cross-sectional area of erector spinae.

Keywords: Healthy people; lumbar anatomy; lumbar morphology



doi:  10.5455/annalsmedres.2020.03.258    


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Annals of Medical Research is the scientific official journal of the Inonu University Faculty of Medicine. It is published monthly. The essential aim of the Annals of Medical Research is to publish scientifically high quality clinical and experimental research articles on fields of medicine which can contribute to the literature data. In addition, review articles, case reports, editorials, letters to the editors and manuscripts on publication ethics and medical history, which can contribute to the education and practices of physicians and health sector professionals within the scope of the journal’s target audience and which can increase the level of scientific communication between the authors and readers, are included in the scope of the journal.



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