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Can cervical spine MRI or full spinal MRI with contrast detect tracea or windpipe tumours?

Can cervical spine MRI or full spinal MRI with contrast detect tracea or windpipe tumours?

Maybe: Mri's are very focused exams. To get the best quality imaging of the area of interest, the field of view is limited as much as possible. The trachea may have been included, but not necessarily. You should speak with your doctor or the radiologist that read the study and ask them to look at the trachea. If it is seen, they can answer your question and if not they can recommend another test. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...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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Who reads the lumbosacral spine mri?

Who reads the lumbosacral spine mri?

Your radiologist: Your radiologist. Your orthopod (if you were referred and he ordered the study) will probably take a look as well, for any surgical planning, etc. But ultimately a radiologist will make the final read and is responsible for the findings. ...Read more

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Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

Can a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with barium and IV contrast detect back problems and sciatica?

Some: The Radiologist will definitely be able to see your spine. The images from a CT of the abdomen are not formatted specifically to look at the spine however. The test of choice to evaluate sciatica is an MRI. ...Read more

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Will a CT scan of the lumbar spine post fusion without contrast show pinched nerves or just bone structure and hardware?

Will a CT scan of the lumbar spine post fusion without contrast show pinched nerves or just bone structure and hardware?

Limitations: No, a better view of nerve compression will be available if MRI is chosen, but the CAT does reveal nice images of fusion integrity, and surrounding vertebral bodies and foramina. ...Read more

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Benefits of MRI with contrast for lumbosacral injuries?

Benefits of MRI with contrast for lumbosacral injuries?

Not needed: Acute lumbosacral injuries do not require MRI with contrast. ...Read more

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Can a lumbosacral MRI without contrast show an abdominal hernia?

Can a lumbosacral MRI without contrast show an abdominal hernia?

Maybe: It may, but it probably won't be on the report. May need to call and ask the radiologist to review the study again to be sure. ...Read more

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Why would neurologist order thoracic MRI with contrast?

Why would neurologist order thoracic MRI with contrast?

Confirming diagnosis: The MRI is in response to symptoms and exam findings suggesting a problem in your thoracic spine. The contrast can reveal presence of inflammation, but also demonstrate abnormal blood vessels such as an epidural ateriovenous malformation. ...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 MRI of the lumbosacral spine show infection without contrast?

Can MRI of the lumbosacral spine show infection without contrast?

Yes. MRI does not : Need contrast enhancement and is a great imaging device for making a diagnosis of infection inthe spine whether it involves bone ( osteomyelitis ), disc ( discitis) or an epidural abscess. ...Read more

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How is a CT Cisternogram done? I'm having done with a full spine CT Myelogram

How is a CT Cisternogram done? I'm having done with a full spine CT Myelogram

It is a CT myelogram: except that you are tilted feet up/head down so that gravity allows the contrast to get into the brain cisterns from the spinal thecal sac. The injection is the same. So, it is a CT myelogram with the addition of an extra manuever and an extra scan. ...Read more

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What can a hip/pelvic CT scan show that a MRI cannot? (dr ordered bilateral hip/pelvic CT scan 2x45min in machine-worried about radiation)

What can a hip/pelvic CT scan show that a MRI cannot? (dr ordered bilateral hip/pelvic CT scan 2x45min in machine-worried about radiation)

The CT: Gives fine detail about the bones of the pelvis and hips. If your doctor is worried about arthritis or femoral-acetabular impingement this may give more information. Best to ask your doctor and relay your concerns. ...Read more

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Would a spinal compression fracture show on CT scan 5 yrs later?

Would a spinal compression fracture show on CT scan 5 yrs later?

Yes: Compression fracture of the spine is when the vertebral body (bone of the spine) has collapsed on itself. While the bone may heal, the loss of height of the bone is usually still seen and an should be apparent on CT imaging if that bone is included on the exam. However may need to have images reviewed in the sagittal and coronal planes for it to be seen. ...Read more

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How come my lumbar spinal MRI showed contrasting results?

How come my lumbar spinal MRI showed contrasting results?

Spinal vs. MRI: These are different types of tests looking for different types of information. WE don't even know what the symptoms or the working diagnosis were. ...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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Is there any pain involved in a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Is there any pain involved in  a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

The IV: An IV is placed for ct scan with contrast. This should be the only pain. The exception might be if you are having a ct myelogram, where dye/contrast is injected directly into you spinal fluid. This is not common. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Lumbar (Definition)

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