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what does an mri of the cervical spine show

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes it could show: Clearly.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Milam
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
MRI: A typical MRI of cervical spine does not show the circulation. That type is called in mra. Even if MRI is done with contrast, you cannot see the circu ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No there should be : no reason to be concerned as this just reflects that there are degenerative changes going on which is fairly universal as we age but can be present mo ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Absolutely : best test for it
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Need a spinal tap: For evaluating spinal fluid a spinal tap is necessary. This is the only way to evaluate the fluid for any problems. An MRI would only be able to eval ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lotfi Hacein-Bey
39 years experience Radiology
Spine or ENT spaces: Mri of the neck could mean a study of the cervical spine, and therefore would show disc herniations, vertebral problems and spinal cord problems. It c ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
MRI: Yes.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
A 3d image: Of the ankle showing all of its anatomy.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee answered
22 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
A spine fusion: Posterolateral fusion of the spine is a common surgery that links adjacent vertebrae together to eliminate motion across the segments. It is often don ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Quite a bit: The MRI will show the disks between the vertebrae, the vertebrae themselves, the spinal canal, the spinal cord (if the study is of the cervical or tho ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes. MRI does not : Need contrast enhancement and is a great imaging device for making a diagnosis of infection inthe spine whether it involves bone ( osteomyelitis ), di ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dang
13 years experience Radiology
Degenerative changes: These changes refers to degenerative changes in the cervical spine. Surgery or not depending on your symptoms, severity of the degenerative changes & ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Waskowitz
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Not always: Ms can be diagnosed several ways with differ tests.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Being able to: optimize MRI technical parameters to specific regions of the spine allows for a more detailed examination than when attempting to image the entire spi ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not much: Each of the tissues in an MRI gives if a characteristic signal, which then makes it a certain appearance on the image. So the marrow signal was lower ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
The spine: Bony vertebrae, disks between them, nerve roots in the spinal canal with surrounding spinal fluid, tip of the spinal cord, some of the sacrum, and sur ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
Magnetic resonance : An MRI of the brain shows the blood vessels indirectly because the moving blood creates a "signal void". A magnetic resonance angiogram of the brain s ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
27 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Unlikely: You will need ct chest i would guess.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Schuller
44 years experience Family Medicine
Arthritis: They are arthritic overgrowth of bone in the fine structures of the cervical spine.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Normal finding: this is a normal finding,
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cindy Hartley
24 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not necessarily.: X-ray is not a screening for cervical cancer. If a large tumor were present this could be seen with x-ray but this is not a way to check for cervical ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Crushing or cracking: The most common is a crushing of the part of the bone in front. The bone partially collapses, and height is lost. Occasionally bone is pushed up again ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
MRI scan for can....: Yes it can.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It changes things: Taking away movement at one level (or more) shifts the burden to the neighboring levels (disks and joints). Depending on your genes, they may have bee ... Read More
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