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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Why would a post fusion MRI still show herniated discs at the levels fused? One level has a cage and one does not.

Why would a post fusion MRI still show herniated discs at the levels fused? One level has a cage and one does not.

Timing: If surgery was recent, there may yet be disk swelling and leakage, but over time the disks should desiccate and shrink. If surgery was a few yrs ago, you may be experiencing problems with degeneration above and below area of fusion, a not uncommon complication. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why would in an MRI my fusion at L5 s1 appear straight but in xrays it has a grade two anterolisthesis?

Why would in an MRI my fusion at L5 s1 appear straight but in xrays it has a grade two anterolisthesis?

Instability: The slippage is likely dynamic and changes with your posture. This can cause significant pain and is an indication for fusion surgery. ...Read more

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Would you recommend surgery to remove ss instrumentation from 12 yr old lumbar fusion to get an MRI so that adjacent segment disease can be addressed?

Would you recommend surgery to remove ss instrumentation from 12 yr old lumbar fusion to get an MRI so that adjacent segment disease can be addressed?

See below: Talk to your surgeon. There may be other radiographic techniques (such as a myelogram) that may not require the removal of the instrumentation. Your surgeon can best discuss these options with you. ...Read more

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2 c-6-7 fusions, 1st one didn't fuse. 5yrs later still in pain. MRI shows the fusion is good. Why so much pain?

2 c-6-7 fusions, 1st one didn't fuse. 5yrs later still in pain. MRI shows the fusion is good. Why so much pain?

Tough question: The fact that there is good fusion doesn't mean that something else is causing pain. For example, suppose the level above C6-7 is now the one giving you symptoms. Suppose the nerve canals are narrowed. Best to talk to your doctor and see what else is going on ...Read more

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If someone has a c5-6 disc fusion with titanium plate, are they unable to get an MRI later due to metal?

If someone has a c5-6 disc fusion with titanium plate, are they unable to get an MRI later due to metal?

They could have MRI: But the beam bounce of the metal so the picture will fuzzy and better to have cat scan. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a MRI says hyper intense signal of the ACL mean? What does Anterior fusion of the ACL mean? Please help

What does it mean when a MRI says hyper intense signal of the ACL mean? What does Anterior fusion of the ACL mean? Please help

Exam most important: Based on a thorough history of knee complaints, limitations, and history of injury, combined with thorough examination findings by a physician trained in musculoskeletal injury of the knee along with basic knee xrays, a diagnosis can be determined. The nonspecific MRI findings mentioned would be one other piece of information to determine any need for concern or plan of treatment. ...Read more

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My fusion at s1l5 was fused with a anterolisthesis because they couldnt get it to go back in line with rest of back but why in an MRI does it appear s?

My fusion at s1l5 was fused with a anterolisthesis because they couldnt get it to go back in line with rest of back but why in an MRI does it appear s?

Don't know MR=S: Not familiar with the"s". It is common that a spondyo. Is not able to b reduced, but a solid fusion will still handle the instability ; pain. ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more