Communicating discs to clinicians

  • The Combined Task Forces classification based on anatomical boundaries used by surgeons
transverse / axial plane
  • central (posterior midline)
  • paracentral (right/left central)
  • right/left subarticular (lateral recess)
  • right/left foraminal (neural foramen)
  • right/left extraforaminal (outside neural foramen)
  • anterior zone (anterior and anterolateral)
vertical / sagittal plane
  • pedicle level
  • infrapedicle level
  • disc level
  • suprapedicle level