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A 30-year-old female asked:

can muscle/ligament tears been seen on mris if in the frontal and around the body area? how they be fixed? does this cause probs with spine?

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Dr. Michael Granberry
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: An MRI can see damage to a ligament. It can visualize each end of the tear if complete. It can also identify a partial tear by seeing the swelling in the ligament. Isolated tears of the anterior longitudinal ligament of the spine can be treated with bracing. Often there are associated disk and or bone injuries which may require surgery to stabilize.
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Yes MRI can diagnose: Mri is an excellent means to detect muscle or ligament tears in the abdomen or chest. I can't answer your other questions. Sorry.

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