Outline a recommended approach to assessment of primary spinal tumors

Primary spine tumors benefit from an algorithmic approach, especially when a malignant primary tumor is suspected (Fig. 63-1).

Figure 63-1. Algorithm for the evaluation of primary spine tumors. CT, computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging. (From Weinstein JN, McLain RF. Primary tumor of the spine. Spine 1987;12:843-51, with permission.)
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