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White round blob on spinal mri

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
55 years experience Internal Medicine
It shows a lot: Contrast not always needed.

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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Depends entirely: upon your symptoms and physical findings on examination.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Stockmann
17 years experience Radiology
Packed full of info: A spinal MR is done to look at the spine and its surrounding structures. It is most commonly used in the work up of back pain, but it is also used to ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
39 years experience Radiology
Contrast: Gadolinium is used when there is a desire to exclude or further define processes that may show increased enhancement (contrast accumulation). Such pr ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Spinal instrumentation used for fusions is titanium and is MRI compatible.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
29 years experience Pain Management
Maybe: Depends on how severe the damage is. MRI with contrast may show more.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Unless you: have surgical hardware in your back, it was likely a subjective sensation not related to the MRI per se.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It depends: how severe the damage was. If it was minor trauma to the cord, it might look normal. If it was more severe, at this point, you might see abnormal th ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Khounganian
18 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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Dr. Kevin Yoo answered
28 years experience Neurosurgery
It depends: Sometimes the tumors are so subtle that you cannot be certain. Many of the time the tumors will light up with contrast in which case you can be much m ... Read More

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