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Does A Herniated Disk Always Show Up On A Spine Mri
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
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?
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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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
Hi Jan, just wanted to let you know that I have C6 compression documented by neck spine MRI, nerve conduction studies and it is not postcholecystectomy syndrome as you diagnosed yesterday. Just goes to show you that medicine online doesn't work. I am st
Thanks: Good for you, feedback like yours keeps us on our toes. At least your here to talk about it. We try. Let us know, Thanks! ...Read more
What is the difference between a cervical spine MRI and a neck MRI? Also what do each one show and what are they used for? W
Cervical vs Neck MRI: It is the same anatomic region, but the technical parameters of the cervical spine are tailored to optimize visualization of the spine and related structures...usually looking for degenerative changes, disc herniations, spinal cord pathology, etc. Other areas of the neck may not be well visualized. Neck MRI usually tailored for neck soft tissue structures eg lymph nodes, muscles, etc... ...Read more
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
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
7 herniated discs (lumbar/cervical), no injuries. Diangosis of ddd. What else can cause this so young? (27yrs old) never had a t spine MRI only lumbar/cervical
DDD: This could simply be related to occupation or other ergonomics. Potentially related to ergonomics from childhood sports or posture. ...Read more
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
Can a cervical spine MRI show why someone may have lightheadedness and dizzy spells almost each day?
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
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
Extreme pain in rt t spine. Mri shows hemangioma from t3–8. No spinal or foraminal stenosis. What kind of surgeon can do ethanol injections?
Radiologist: Ethanol injections for hemangiomas are usually done by an interventional radiologist. ...Read more
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
Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..
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
L.leg & pinky finger acutely went numb 1yr ago. Back to norm now, but when core temp rises heel tingles. Brain/spine mri norm. Shows stenosis. Fear ms?
MS: Could be. Time will tell. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
MRI: Varies with the technique, but may take about an hour. ...Read more
Can you see the right shoulder in a t spine mri? When I bend my shoulder a certain way I have a area on top of shoulder that hurts when pressed deeply
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
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
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
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