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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Lumbar Spine Mri

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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Lumbar spine MRI says epidural fat attenuation. What is this?

Lumbar spine MRI says epidural fat attenuation. What is this?

Not sure: Epidural fat is common and it can get thickened. We call this epidural lipomatosis and it can narrow the spinal canal where the nerve roots run. It is somewhat controversial as to whether this is clinically significant. ...Read more

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Can colon tumors be seen on a lumbar spine mri?

Can colon tumors be seen on a lumbar spine mri?

Not really: It is windowed to focus on the lumbar spine so you don't really appropriately visualize the colon on the lumbar spine mri. This particular study is not a good study at all to evaluate the colon. To properly evaluate the colon, ask your doctor to inform you on what study is needed to properly visualize the colon. ...Read more

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Can lumbar spine Mri without dye detect ovarian cyst?

Can lumbar spine Mri without dye detect ovarian cyst?

NO: If MRI is done for spine focus will be on spine, speak to your doctor, if you think you have ovarian cyst problem, must be seen by gyn doctor and tests are to be done appropriately for correct diagnosis ...Read more

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If I have a big white viscera pouch bulging against one of the muscles adjacent my back muscles on a lumbar spine mri, is it diverticulitis?

Unknowable: Ask the radiology department for a report.
Diverticula are small outpouchings on the colon and can be multiple.
There are some other less common bowel diverticula.
None of these are big white viscera. ...Read more

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If. 7 CM enhancing lesion in thecal sac near L4 is discovered on pelvic mri, would you have lumbar spine MRI first and then go to mayo, or would you wait and have lumbar spine MRI at mayo?

If. 7 CM enhancing lesion in thecal sac near L4 is discovered on pelvic mri, would you have lumbar spine MRI first and then go to mayo, or would you wait and have lumbar spine MRI at mayo?

Ask them: Whether you go to mayo or another referral center (such problems are usually treated by neurosurgeons), each have there own preferences. Some like to review the study first, even before seeing you (so you could have the lumbar mri, with and without contrast in your community). Others like the study done at their site so they can specify the MRI sequences they desire. ...Read more

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Patient is small entire cross section abdomen seen on lumbar spine mri. Fasting. Why is the colon intensely white in 2nd MRI when was gray in 1st?

Patient is small entire cross section abdomen seen on lumbar spine mri. Fasting. Why is the colon intensely white in 2nd MRI when was gray in 1st?

T-1 VS T2 images: T-2 will show h2o & it appears white. It is in the way the mr looks @ things. That's a simple explanation. In aback the t-2 will show h2o content of disks & spinal fluid is white. It's all in the way the system was programmed. Do some googling and c what u find. It's complicated. ...Read more

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Lumbar spine MRI found T2 bright focus within interior Rt hepatic lobe measuring 2 cm & superior medial Rt kidney measuring 2.1 cm? What could it be?

Lumbar spine MRI found T2 bright focus within interior Rt hepatic lobe measuring 2 cm & superior medial Rt kidney measuring 2.1 cm? What could it be?

Here are some...: Glad and congratulate for getting good healthcare including deepening into MRI study. For your best possible practical benefit, you should refer this question to the doc ordering this test since he/she should know more about your medical profile than anyone online. Further online chat for such may incur unnecessary confusion, anxiety, & fear due to lacking enough space to elaborate. Best wish... ...Read more

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I got my lumbar spine MRI which says, L4-5, Disk bulge is noted impinging on the anterior thecal sac near the exiting nerve roots. There is mild face?

I got my lumbar spine MRI which says, L4-5, Disk bulge is noted impinging on the anterior thecal sac near the exiting nerve roots. There is mild face?

Mild Facet joint: I think you meant to type (Facet Joint) not Face. Lumbar MRI evaluate the facet joints and can show degenerative changes (fluid in joint, or hyper trophy which is enlargement) and these changes can narrow the spinal canal and / or neural foramen narrowing (where nerve exit the spine. ...Read more

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My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

Premature Lumbar DDD: According to the website SpineHealth, by age 60, 100% of people have degeneration of the lumbar spine by age 60. In a 31 year old woman I ask are you a dancer, gymnast, waitress or warehouse worker? Are you tall, obese or sit 8 hours a day, have scoliosis or is premature DDD in your family?
My book The 21st Century Upright Woman explores risk factors for lumbar spine degeneration. Age is #1! ...Read more

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Lumbar spine MRI shows:" The bone marrow signal is grossly homogeneous. There is no bone marrow edema, there is a left disc herniation." your suggestion?

Lumbar spine MRI shows:" The bone marrow signal is grossly homogeneous. There is no bone marrow edema, there is a left disc herniation." your suggestion?

The bone: Marrow sounds normal. It is difficult to assess the significance of the disc herniations without additional details. Best bet is to talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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If a doctor was trying to rule out focal dystonia, why would he order a lumbar spine MRI if I said no back or leg pain or numbness or tingling?

If a doctor was trying to rule out focal dystonia, why would he order a lumbar spine MRI if I said no back or leg pain or numbness or tingling?

Being thorough: Dytonia is usually due to dysfunction of the basal ganglia of the brain. Rare cases can be associated with focal pathology in the spinal cord. Often MRI will show some strange finding that is not clinically relevant. However, it will rule out a serious malformation or defect. ...Read more

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Have had movement &gi problems for 1 yr recent lumbar spine MRI came back with what looks like viscera being strangled btw psoas muscle & vertebrae?

See your doctor: The psoas is attached to the vertebrae (bones of the low back), so it is hard to imagine viscera (internal organs) getting trapped between this muscle and the spinal bones. Call or see your doctor for a better explanation of the lumbar spine mri. If the ordering doctor does not read mris, she or he may need to talk to the radiologist. ...Read more

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I did an MRI scan on my lumbar spine and report said 'two non significant disc bulges'. What does that means?

I did an MRI scan on my lumbar spine and report said 'two non significant disc bulges'. What does that means?

Non-significant: This usually will mean that there is bulging of the lumbar disks, but you should not have and clinical symptoms as its very small. In other words, its not pressing on anything. ...Read more

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Mri shows a fluid build up in lumbar spine, what to do?

Mri shows a fluid build up in lumbar spine, what to do?

Fluid build up??: Would need more info - not sure what fluid "build up" means - we would need to look at your MRI to see exactly what's going on. ...Read more

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I have a low GFR Stage 3. MRI has been suggested for me. Would I definitely need contrast for lumbar spine issue?

I have a low GFR Stage 3. MRI has been suggested for me. Would I definitely need contrast for lumbar spine issue?

It depends: On the "issue" in question. If it is simply a workup for back paiin, contrast is probably not needed. If it is a workup for tumor/metastatic disease, or postoperative spine, contrast would be very useful. ...Read more

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MRI lumbar spine for pain result said Small paraspinal soft tissue. What does that mean? Thoracic said normal paraspinal soft tissue.

MRI lumbar spine for pain result said Small paraspinal soft tissue. What does that mean? Thoracic said normal paraspinal soft tissue.

Might be an error.: Sometimes, radiology reports have typographical errors in them. "Small paraspinal soft tissue" doesn't make a lot of medical sense, unless your muscles are small because you have small stature or not much muscle mass. It's possible that the report is missing a word or phrase describing some "small" finding. If you would like a second opinion on the MRI, let me know. ...Read more

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While doing MRI for Lumbar spine it found there is an incompletely visualized and incompletely characterized predominantly high t2 low t1 lesion at th?

While doing MRI for Lumbar spine it found there is an incompletely visualized and incompletely characterized predominantly high t2 low t1 lesion at th?

There is: Not enough information to render an opinion. Almost all lesions, from innocuous to serious, are high T2/low T1 signal, so it could be anything from absolutely nothing to worry about, to something more significant. ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine showed regions of focal fatty replacement and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine and chronic wedge deformities. Should I worry?

MRI of lumbar spine showed regions of focal fatty replacement and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine and chronic wedge deformities. Should I worry?

Not too much: The area of fatty replacements and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine are not significant, and pose no future problem for you. However, the chronic wedge deformities may be due to prior trauma with injury to the vertebral bodies, or possible osteopenic compression fractures. Discuss with you doctor about possibly osteoporosis or other bone abnormality, and how to limit further injury. ...Read more

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7 herniated discs (lumbar/cervical), no injuries. Diangosis of ddd. What else can cause this so young? (27yrs old) never had a t spine MRI only lumbar/cervical

DDD: This could simply be related to occupation or other ergonomics. Potentially related to ergonomics from childhood sports or posture. ...Read more

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What can I do with my back pain? I have 4 buldging discs and one herniation with a tear. That's all in my lumbar spine. Haven't mri-ed rest of back ye

What can I do with my back pain? I have 4 buldging discs and one herniation with a tear. That's all in my lumbar spine. Haven't mri-ed rest of back ye

U hav lots t do: Pain management is useful if it helps you to move normally while you heal. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produces the damage to your back must be modified. Physical therapy for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing and body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience! ...Read more

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My MRI report say this: levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine. The spinal cord terminates at the inferior aspect of the t12 vertebral body. Meaning?

Doctor speak: We need to sound smart. It basically means a bit of a scoliosis I the lower spine with the apex of the curve pointed to the left. The spinal cord is ending at the bottom of the last thoracic vertebrae, which isn't to far from normal. Speak to your doctor and they can likely go over the actual films with you and show you what they mean. ...Read more

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Had an MRI on the lumbar spine. The radiologist noted in his impression that I had innumerable cystic lesions on my liver. What are cystic lesions?

Had an MRI on the lumbar spine. The radiologist noted in his impression that I had innumerable cystic lesions on my liver. What are cystic lesions?

Liver cysts: Liver cysts are the probable cause. These are common and are also seen in patients with polycystic liver disease. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to go in for an MRI of my thoracic and lumbar spine and am claustraphobic. My question is do I have to go in head or feet first?

You have two options: First, you can asked to be sedated for a closed MRI or request to have an open MRI if you do not wish to be sedated which depending on the make, are very easy to tolerate even if very claustrophobic. The size of the magnet or its strength should be listed at at least 1.5 telsa for a good spine evaluation. ...Read more

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My husband has had hip pain for 2 years he is 23 and has had an MRI and xray which show nothing could it be lumbar spine and what would you suggest?

My husband has had hip pain for 2 years he is 23 and has had an MRI and xray which show nothing could it be lumbar spine and what would you suggest?

Could be: Pain in the buttock is often considered "hip" but often reflects a low back problem. If simple measures have failed, seeing a spinal specialist may help him find the source. ...Read more

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Have had emg ncv & mri. Tests show pinced nerves in cervical & lumbar spine. Personal trainer claims core exercises will cure condition. Thoughts?

Have had emg ncv & mri. Tests show pinced nerves in cervical & lumbar spine. Personal trainer claims core exercises will cure condition. Thoughts?

Let me explain: Those finding on the test you had means you have a mechanical changes, training or exercise will not change them it may improve your symptoms so you could live with it. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more