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how do doctors measure the loss of disc height ?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Xray/MRI/CT scans: As one gets older--i would say after 50, the discs begin to lose their strength/shape and flatten out, thus one slowly loses height over the years. This can be measured, typically a decrease of your total height means the discs are flattening out. Xray/mri/ct scans can show the loss of this height, espcially if you have older ones to compare! if u are getting shorter, it is likely so. Good luck.
Answered on Jul 6, 2012

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