Top
40
Doctor insights on: Does A Herniated Disk Always Show Up On A Spine Mri

Share
1

1
Does a herniated disk always show up on a spine mri?

Does a herniated disk always show up on a spine mri?

Yes: A good quality MRI should demonstrate all herniated discs. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
5 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

3

3
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

4

4
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

9

9
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

11

11
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

12

12
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

14

14
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

17

17
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

18

18
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

20

20
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

21

21
Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Arthritis.: Basically, these findings represent osteoarthritic changes of the cervical spine. These findings need to be interpreted with respect to your medical history. Arthritis elsewhere? Any history of trauma to the neck? Overweight? ...Read more

22

22
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

24

24
Tingling in left heel after hot shower/hot weather. Brain/spine mri shows hernation at t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 causing stenosis. Why do I have the heat sensitivity?

Tingling in left heel after hot shower/hot weather. Brain/spine mri shows hernation at t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 causing stenosis. Why do I have the heat sensitivity?

Need Neuro exam.: You should see a Neurologist with a copy of the report & (ideally) pictures of the MRI that you underwent. Only a Neurologist can accurately tell you if / why you have heat sensitivity. Usually, heat sensitivity means loss of the ability to tell the difference between hot & cold. The spinal MRI may be misleading. Poor circulation, neuromas, diabetes, & other conditions predispose feet to tingling. ...Read more

25

25
My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?

My Brother 28 went Dr Friday w/ back pain told was Sciatica, Today went to Hospital by Ambulance. MRI show herniated disk. What is treatment for this?

Sciatica.: Sciatica is the symptom complex that results from a herniated disc that compresses the sciatic nerve. Management depends on how bad the herniation is and how many herniations there are in total. Could be physical therapy, NSAIDs and muscle relaxers, injections or even minor or major surgical procedures. He should bring his MRI to a spine specialist for a consultation. ...Read more

26

26
Going to ER for back injury. Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.

Going to ER for back injury. Will X-ray show herniated disk? MRIs not done in local ER, unsure if muscle or disk is problem.

Not X-rays MRI rec'd: MRIs for the lumbar spine are not usually urgent, thus it would be a good idea for you to see your primary care MD or a spine specialist who can order this. In young people usually back pain is a muscle issue as the discs are only likely to be bulging. The typical treatment is Physical therapy for core strengthening and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories as needed for symptomatic relief. ...Read more

27

27
What it mean atypical hemangioma found in Spine MRI?

What it mean atypical hemangioma found in Spine MRI?

Vertebral: Hemangiomas are common incidental findings on spine MRIs. They are generally of no concern, so much so that some radiologists might not bother mentioning them on the report. From a radiologist's point of view, calling a hemangioma atypical would indicate that the hemangioma doesn't completely fulfill all of the classic imaging criteria, but is still likely a hemangioma. ...Read more

28

28
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

29

29
Found multiple lesions on spine mri? Neurologist said perineural cysts. Could this be cancer or mets?

Found multiple lesions on spine mri? Neurologist said perineural cysts. Could this be cancer or mets?

If noted on MR.. .: ...The appearance of mets=u have a primary tumor, an mr is very good at recognizing benign from malignant, so trust ur neurologist ; ask 2 have a second interpretation from another radiologist. Usually most departments have neuro radiologists, ; if not ask 4 it 2 b sent out 2 one. Very easy 2 do as all is digital. Example mayo clinic images r read in any 1 of their venues, not the 1 images wr done. ...Read more

30

30
Can spine MRI preformed with and without contrast? Why it's done this way?

Depends: Spine MRI can be done without contrast because disks and soft tissues can be distinguished from the nerves and bones. We order MRI with and without contrast in patients with previous back surgery to distinguish scar tissue (which changes signal intensity on the MRI with the contrast) from disk material (which doesn't). We also order contrast if there is concern for possible infection or tumors. ...Read more

31

31
I would like help to understand MRI report. Had a l-spine MRI done received results today.?

See provider.: The best source for understanding your MRI report would be the physician or health care provider who ordered the examination. ...Read more

32

32
Trying to locate the cheapest but best quality location to get a spine MRI done in central Indiana. Closer to Indianapolis the better. Any suggestions?

Trying to locate the cheapest but best quality location to get a spine MRI done in central Indiana. Closer to Indianapolis the better. Any suggestions?

You can try: Calling your insurance company, they may have a list of preferred providers with lower cost. If not, acr. Org has a list of MRI accredited facilities sortable by geographic location, you can start there and then call around for pricing. ...Read more

33

33
Does a t spine MRI look at the lungs?

Not well: A thoracic spine MRI is set up to visualize the anatomy of the thoracic spine. Some parts of your lung will be seen but not the entire lung and not with protocols that are designed to be diagnostic for lung disease. ...Read more

36

36
What can you see on a lumbosacral spine mri?

What can you see on a lumbosacral spine mri?

Many things: An MRI of the lumbosacral spine allows the radiologist to evaluate the bones, ligaments, spinal cord, nerves, muscles, CSF (fluid around the spinal cord and nerves).

One can see fractures, tumors, spinal cord disease, herniated discs, and arthritis to name a few things. ...Read more

37

37
What is the definition or description of: lumbosacral spine mri?

What is the definition or description of: lumbosacral spine mri?

Lumbar spine MR: A particular imaging technique that allows a physician to view the nerves in the lower back in reference to the disc spaces, joints, ligaments at the respective lumbar and sacral vertebral levels. ...Read more

38

38
The transverse ligament of atlas appears deficient... This is what is stated on cervical spine MRI?

The transverse ligament of atlas appears deficient... This is what is stated on cervical spine MRI?

Why did you need..: .. a cervical spine MRI? Sometimes findings on MRI may or may not mean something is actually wrong, or cause symptoms (like pain, swelling, etc.) is caused by it. The Atlas is the first vertebra bone on the cervical spine (called C1) and functions together with the Axis (C2) to allow the head to nod and rotate. The transverse ligament can have normal wear and tear. It is best to see a spine doc. ...Read more

39

39
Is an IV contrast die needed for a brain and cervical spine MRI?

Is an IV contrast die needed for a brain and cervical spine MRI?

Depends on problem: Much can be learned from MRI without contrast but if a vascular anomaly or tumor is suspected the IV dye helps to show the extent of the lesion and it's location in areas that are not well delineated without the dye. If your doctor recommended it, you should go ahead and have the dye injected. Avoid it if you are allergic to the dye. ...Read more

40

40
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

Dr. Thomas Dowling
846 Doctors shared insights

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
759 Doctors shared insights

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