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Doctor insights on: Does A Herniated Disk Always Show Up On A Spine Mri

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Intermittent dull calf ache&shooting vein pain. Brain&spine mri show herniated discs, bloodtest rule out blood clotting issue. On&off 4 few mths. Ideas?

Intermittent dull calf ache&shooting vein pain. Brain&spine mri show herniated discs, bloodtest rule out blood clotting issue. On&off 4 few mths. Ideas?

Full workup: You will need a comprehensive physical including blood work and venous/arterial flow studies of your lower extremities. Seek immediate medical attention. Disc compression can cause referred pain to your legs- see a neurologist ASAP. ...Read more

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Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

Spinal cancer: If the cancer is in the spine, then a post contrast MRI would like demonstrate the cancer. ...Read more

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My lumber spine MRI shows conus medullaris terminates at lower L2. Is it normal or low lying conus medullaris? Signal morphology is normal though.

My lumber spine MRI shows conus medullaris terminates at lower L2. Is it normal or low lying conus medullaris? Signal morphology is normal though.

Pretty much: The conus medullaris does usually terminate between the L 1 and 2 vertebrae, so the finding you are describing is not likely significant or causing symptoms. ...Read more

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Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could: Cervical spine MRI will show spine more. Mri neck will show more soft tissues in neck and not concentrate on spine. ...Read more

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Would a cervical spine MRI show a circulation problein the neck if you had one?

Would a cervical spine MRI show a circulation problein the neck if you had one?

Neck vessels: A carotid ultrasound is the standard method of evaluating the cervical circulation. An MRI of cervical spine may show abnormal distortions of the vessels, but blockages in the carotid arteries may not be reliably detected. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a c-spine lesion to show up on a non-contrast t-spine MRI (in the initial focus view), or is it always going to be an artifact?

Possible..: The T-spine MRI may show the lower C-spine components which are adjacent to the upper T-spine vertebra, so even though this could be an artifact it is not because of the location but rather because of the technique or the image itself. If it needs definition and confirmation a C-spine MRI should be done. ...Read more

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Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine? Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine? Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Yes: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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Can a t-spine MRI differentiate among incidental findings of kidney cyst, abscess, and tumor? Or would each of these simply show as radio-opaque area

Can a t-spine MRI differentiate among incidental findings of kidney cyst, abscess, and tumor? Or would each of these simply show as radio-opaque area

MRI: Images on MRI are very detailed and there are no radio opaque. The MRI is not a radio study but a magnetic resonance study. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

If you statement is-: -true, it should be obvious on an MR. In this case I would check 2 be sure that there was not a mixup in identification of whose images are whose. Be sure that they are your images. ...Read more

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Would a cervical spine MRI show why you may have body tremors and pinching in left side of head? Normal head MRI already.

Not usually: There are a number of symptoms that can arise from abnormalities of the cervical spine, but tremors are pretty rarely associated with cervical spine abnormalities. A detailed exam by a neurologist can usually determine the likely potential causes if your problem. If a neurologist did examine you and recommended a cervical mri, then I would not hesitate to get one. ...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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Whould a cervical spine MRI show the cause of pressure, numbness, tenderness of the area at the base of the skull to the middle of the top of neck?

It may or may not as: There are several different possibilities for your symptoms including none cervical spine ones-some may arise from the cervical spine but may also not be diagnosed by the MRI as well-tests are usually done to confirm or help to narrow done the possible causes after a careful history and exam is done by a physician who will then order the appropriate tests or referrals ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more