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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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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?

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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Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

Would cancer show up in a full spine mri?

Few extra ideas: Dr. Colen is right, but there are some gotchas. 1. If it is all over the whole spine (in the bones) and looks uniform, it can be missed. This is akin to a "super scan" for a bone scan. If in the marrow like leukemia and uniform, it can be missed. If very early, small lesions can be hard to call, even if you suspect them. Spine mrii's are hard to read: flow artifact, cuts on the fields... ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...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