Normal Anatomy

  • Jan T. WilminkEmail author


In this chapter, the presentation centres around the lum-bosacral nerve roots and spinal nerves, and the anatomical structures and relationships which these encounter from the origin at the conus medullaris, along their intrathecal course as dorsal or ventral roots of the cauda equina, and after their departure from the dural sac and spinal foramina as ventral rami of the spinal nerves, which eventually combine to form the lumbosacral plexus.

The paragraph on topographic anatomy provides an overview of anatomic features in the trajectory of the coursing nerve roots and nerves which are of signifi-cance for planning and interpreting imaging procedures and for an understanding of the factors involved in nerve root compression.


Dorsal Root Ganglion Vertebral Body Nerve Root Spinal Canal Posterior Longitudinal Ligament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. RadiologyUniversity Hospital MaastrichtMaastrichtNetherlands

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