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Doctor insights on: Dorsal Spine X Ray

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Do x rays show herniated disk

Do x rays show herniated  disk

No: X-ray will reveal the space between the vertebral bodies where the disc is found but unless the disc is calcified, it will not be visualized as x-ray energy will pass through this soft tissue structure while it does not penetrate the bone but you can get idea of how degenerative the disc may be by seeing how narrowed the disc space is or amount of bone spurs seen around it. Ct & MRI reveal disc. ...Read more

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X ray report (lumbosacral spine ap & lat), what does this mean?

X ray report (lumbosacral spine ap & lat), what does this mean?

Type of x-ray: A/P and Lat means anterior/posterior and lateral projection x-rays. ...Read more

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Can a x ray show spinal cancer?

Can a x ray show spinal cancer?

Yes and no: The X-ray will show a mass on the bony spine , at times haze on the soft tissue on the spine and lesions eroding the spine. Al of these masses that can be seen on X-rays can be benign or malignant. Thus the X-ray will show the mass but can not prove it is cancer without a biopsy ...Read more

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Would a spinal compression fracture show on CT scan 5 yrs later?

Would a spinal compression fracture show on CT scan 5 yrs later?

Yes: Compression fracture of the spine is when the vertebral body (bone of the spine) has collapsed on itself. While the bone may heal, the loss of height of the bone is usually still seen and an should be apparent on CT imaging if that bone is included on the exam. However may need to have images reviewed in the sagittal and coronal planes for it to be seen. ...Read more

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12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae w vestigial bilateral twelth ribs. Mild scoliosis convex left t2-3. Minim t7 vertebral ant wedging? Meaning?

12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae w vestigial bilateral twelth ribs. Mild scoliosis convex left t2-3. Minim t7 vertebral ant wedging? Meaning?

It does NOT: Appear to be indicating there is too much to worry about. The first sentence in your question is a normal finding. Mild scoliosis, is nothing to worry about, given there is less chance of it progressing since you are done growing. T7 wedging may represent a normal finding -- possibly a congenital osteodystrophy, which lead to the vertebra not appearing like a cube. See a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Had 2 chest x rays front/side views.Had 1 CT abdomin, 1 X-ray of neck front/side, 1x ray of my spine for scoliosis front/side, worried radiation exspose?

Had 2 chest x rays front/side views.Had 1 CT abdomin, 1 X-ray of neck front/side, 1x ray of my spine for scoliosis front/side, worried radiation exspose?

Read more about it: To learn more about medical imaging and radiation risk, please check out: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/ct-scan-radiation.Html and http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/radiation-exposure.Html. Properly indicated imaging studies represent, by definition, situations where the risks of radiation exposure are outweighed by the benefits to the patient. ...Read more

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Will a full spine xray show the neck and lumbar region?

Will a full spine xray show the neck and lumbar region?

Some what: Each area of the spine need different views and stronger x- ray penetration. U may c the entire spine but not much detail. ...Read more

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Ct scan"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally" surgery or cast? Why .

Ct scan"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally"
surgery or cast? Why .

Orthopedic consult: Displaced cuneiform fractures often require an open reduction and internal fixation with screws. This is due to tarsometarsal joint instability. Additional important considerations include - intra-articular vs extra-articular and plane of the fracture. Isolated cuneiform fractures are rare and more likely to happen in association with metatarsal injuries. You need to consult an orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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Will an MRI detect foot fracture?

Will an  MRI detect foot fracture?

DontNeedMriForFractu: You do not need an expensive imaging like MRI to diagnose and treat fractures.But if MRI is done for some other reason it will show foot fractureif it is there ...Read more

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Would a sacral or coccyx chordoma show up on plain xray?

Would a sacral or coccyx chordoma show up on plain xray?

They can: Yes, depending on the soft-tissue density, some chordomas create a shadowing effect and would indicate that a more eloborate imaging study is necessary. ...Read more

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Sclerosis on sacroiliac xray?

Depends: If it is on both sides of the joint and there is joint space narrowing it may represent an inflammatory condition called sacroiliitis. Sclerosis itself is nonspecific and could represent degenerative change, a bone island or metastatic disease. ...Read more

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Will a CT scan of the lumbar spine post fusion without contrast show pinched nerves or just bone structure and hardware?

Will a CT scan of the lumbar spine post fusion without contrast show pinched nerves or just bone structure and hardware?

Limitations: No, a better view of nerve compression will be available if MRI is chosen, but the CAT does reveal nice images of fusion integrity, and surrounding vertebral bodies and foramina. ...Read more

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This is my X-ray diagnostic "no focal bone lesion, thoracic vertebral body compression fracture, degenerative bony lipping or disc height loss is see?

This is my X-ray diagnostic "no focal bone lesion, thoracic vertebral body compression fracture, degenerative bony lipping or disc height loss is see?

That is normal: The radiologist when they read a film will often say what they don't see to show that they looked for it. A focal bone lesion is a tumor or fracture. A compression fracture is a fracture from trauma or osteoporosis. Disc loss height and degenerative body spurs are signs of arthritis. So what you quote here is the radiologist saying that they do not see any of that. ...Read more

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What is better CT scan or mir to further diagnose right superior mediastinum widening in the chest x ray?

What is better CT scan or mir to further diagnose right superior mediastinum widening in the chest x ray?

CT scan: Mediastinum is best seen with a contrast enhanced ct scan. Mri is improving and could be used instead but i prefer ct scan. Right mediastinal widening could be due to a congenital anomaly such as right sided aortic arch. Have you reviewed this finding with your doctor? ...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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Hx back pain, had lumbar and SI joint xray. Results said lytic or sclerotic process on SI joint xray. And minimal curve at L4.What does this mean?

Hx back pain, had lumbar and SI joint xray. Results said lytic or sclerotic process on SI joint xray. And minimal curve at L4.What does this mean?

At your age...: sacroliitis, unilateral, is the most likely culprit. See a rheumatologist and take your films. Alleve should give you some relief! Scoliosis rarely causes back pain in someone your age! ...Read more