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What else would cause middle thoracic spine and cervical pain. I've had all MRI/CT scans?

What else would cause middle thoracic spine and cervical pain. I've had all MRI/CT scans?

Neck and back pain: If MRI negative, pain is likely due to soft tissue inflammation, or fascial restiction, try rest ice, and body work, like massage, chiro, or osteopathy ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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How long does the thoracic spine CT scan with dye take?

How long does the thoracic spine CT scan with dye take?

Very fast: Today's high speed scanners work very quickly. This exam should take around 10 minutes at the most. ...Read more

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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

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What information do I have to bring along to do the thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Medical info: Bring insurance cards, medication list, history of surgeries, copayment if necessary, list of drug allergies. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Maybe: While there are not usually blood tests ordered, your dr. May want a serum creatinine to check your kidney function before you get the dye. Talk to you dr. ...Read more

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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"?

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 more

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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

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

Think about it: You have the subjective feeling of cold and burning but I bet the skin is normal to touch. Wait a bit and see if it goes away. Make sure you are eating well and getting enough exercise. if all else fails get another opinion ...Read more

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Which organs would be seen or incidentally picked up during a MRI w/o contrast of thoracic spine?

Which organs would be seen or incidentally picked up during a MRI w/o contrast of thoracic spine?

Spine mainly,: But depending on how tight it scan is windowed and how low the scan goes, you may see portions of your lungs, heart, great vessels, stomach, diaphragm, liver... But this will not be the way to adequately study these organs as they will not be well visualized. ...Read more

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Can having a MRI w/contrast on the thoracic spine can determine whether or not i need facet injections?

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 more

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