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An x-ray has shown spondylosis of the spine involving all levels with disk space narrowing which is most prominent at l5/s1. mri has been advised ?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
That is: basically degenerative arthritis of the spine. Not sure what the question is exactly. If they are recommending an MRI, it might be because the X-ray findings do not explain your symptoms
Dr. Rinesh Chetty
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MRI scans : An MRI scan is used to see the relationship between the nerves and bone. It is indicated for ruling out pathological spinal conditions (infections/neoplasia) or for patients with unresponsive sciatica that might require interventions like surgery., it can be expensive and ideally should not be used just to "check" for x-ray findings
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
NOT: without a specific CLINICAL reason....never just for radiologic findings (The exception is when the RADIOLOGIST suggests that MRI scanning is indicated for specific question or finding on routine films!)

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