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what does an mri of the thoracic spine show

A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Slight trapped nerve: If the radiologist read the report as "slight trapped nerve endings" then, he probably means that there is imaging evidence of nerve root s being slig ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Metzger
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes.: The nerves of the spine leave the spinal cord and each one wraps around your body. When a disc puts pressure on one of the nerves, it can cause pain ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Dinhofer
40 years experience Radiology
Usually but always: Calcifications will show up on x-ray if there is enough of them. MRI doesn't show calcifications well. In the case of spondylitis, depending on the ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
21 years experience Neurosurgery
Just the spine: The MRI is usually restricted to the spine and immediately surrounding tissue. Ordinarily it would not show the shoulder unless that was requested o ... Read More
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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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
MRI: Yes.
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 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 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 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 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 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Mri or Ct of the brain will visualize the brainstem.
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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 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. 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 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Compression fracture: A compression fracture of the thoracic (t5) is a sign of osteoporosis. Bracing can help to heal the bone but a surgical procedure known as a kyphopla ... 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Trainor
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Incorrect term: The epiphysis refers to the area of bones above the growth plate and closer to the end of the bone. An apohysitis refers to an inflammation and injur ... Read More
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 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 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Naftulin
33 years experience Pain Management
Multiple findings: There could be multiple x-ray abnormalities indicating spine arthritis including bone spurs, joint and disc space narrowing, and malalignment.
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
33 years experience Neurology
Puzzled: If there were impingement on the spinal cord, the report would say so. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MR center & make an impulse ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kamran Janjua
21 years experience Radiology
Need context: "hypointense" means "dark" signal on either t1 (more likely) or t2 weighted sequences. These mean different things, and thus more info is needed. Y ... Read More

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