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Is there a difference between mri of the neck and soft tissue neck mri? which of these two kinds of examination methods is clearer to see esophagus?

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Dr. Prem Gupta answered

Specializes in neurology

See details: In general the MRI of the neck refers to the MRI scan of the spine of the neck although many soft tissue structures can also be seen. However if an MRI of the soft tissue of the neck is ordered, the pictures focus on soft tissues more than the bones. Therefore if someone wants to look at the esophagus in the neck, then MRI scan of soft tissue will be more appropriate.

Answered 1/8/2021

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Dr. Sridhar Shankar answered

Specializes in Radiology

No difference: The two studies are identical. Neither is very good to evaluate the esophagus which is a thin walled pipe that connects the mouth/pharynx to the stomach. The esophagus is best evaluated using a combination of a barium swallow/endoscopy to look at the inside, and probably CT to look at the outside.

Answered 1/9/2021

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