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Ct Thoracic Spine Without Contrast
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
Very fast: Today's high speed scanners work very quickly. This exam should take around 10 minutes at the most. ...Read more
Hi they did a ct scan and told me that incidentally they saw a hemangioma on my lower thoracic spine, can i still exercise and is it dangerous. Help?
Hemangiomas: are common incidental findings when imaging the spine. They are benign, and generally of no concern. Some radiologists don't bother mentioning them in their reports. They are only a potential problem if they are very large(causing the vertebral body to be weaker and more prone to fracture) or expansile. But that is very unusual, and highly unlikely if yours was only mentioned as "incidental" ...Read more
ER doctor told me that my ct scan incidentally showed a lower thoracic spine hemangioma, what is it, should i be concern, and what is "incidentally"?
Hemangioma...: hemangiomas are abnormal blood vessel collections. Whether or not they need to be treated depends on the exact location and size. The word "incidentally" means something else was being looked for but this was found. You need to follow up with the doctor who ordered the test and see what treatment, if any, is needed. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What could cause cold burning sensations on my back? For 4 months. MRI (without contrast agent) of thoracic spine/neck and 1brain MRI showed nothing
Can having a MRI w/contrast on the thoracic spine can determine whether or not i need facet injections?
Yes and No: If there is evidence of facet abnormalities, then yes. Often most of us get some level of facet degeneration as we get older and those of us more active can face more degeneration, however that does not mean we need to treat these issues. Sometimes consideration of facet injection/treatments is based on pain in the area and diagnostic test block of the nerve associated with that joint. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mamagram sept 2012 ok. Have had chest CT with contrast..Chest xrays and multiple mris of spine. Would any of that reflected anything on shoulder mets?
This should be answ-: Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else. Good luck. ...Read more
It could be: It depends on your symptoms. Keep your doctor informed. ...Read more
Incorrect term: The epiphysis refers to the area of bones above the growth plate and closer to the end of the bone. An apohysitis refers to an inflammation and injury of the growth plate. Apophysitis in the thoracic spine would be a condition in children with open growth plates (still growing.) it would involve an injury to the growth plate. ...Read more
Depends: Recovery from thoracic spine surgery varies upon the type of surgery. With lesser invasive techniques, anterior surgeries can be associated with short hospital stays. More traditional anterior and/or posterior procedures may involve longer hospitalization and recovery periods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends if they are: Causing problems. A study of asymptomatic patients (no pain or other issues) showed that roughly 40% have bulging or mildly herniated discs and no issues. You may want to be more careful and work on core strengthening to help support those discs. Exercise, hydrate, and keep in shape and as long as you don't notice symptoms, you may just be part of that 40%! ...Read more
Spine MRI: Although your pcp can order a spine mri, but i advise you to be seen by either a neurologist of neuro surgeon inorder to be more specific, sometimes according to the symptoms may be you need to have an MRI of other part of the spine and also to have benefit of the spine MRI it is better to be reviewed carefully especially if eventually you need to be seen by the specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer