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How do physicians read a MRI of the spine spondylolisthesis?

How do physicians read a MRI of the spine spondylolisthesis?

It Depends: In a patient with spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of one vertebra on the one below), an MRI is most helpful in evaluating the extent of spinal stenosis caused by this misalignment of the vertebra. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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MRI of L-S SPINE shows P1VD -L45-L5S1. The doctor is suggesting for an immediate surgery. What should I do?

MRI of L-S SPINE shows P1VD -L45-L5S1.  The doctor is suggesting for an immediate surgery. What should I do?

We can't help you: Unfortunately without knowing your symptoms and seeing the images we can't say anything about surgical efficacy or indications. If you are concerned you should get a second opinion ...Read more

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If i want a MRI done on my spine and the doctor says no... Due I have rights to get one if i want it?

If i want a MRI done on my spine and the doctor says no... Due I have rights to get one if i want it?

Own tests: At least in the us, a practitioner does need to order a test for it to be done. You can't just go to an MRI center and say you want a back MRI like you go to the grocery store. I suggest if you are not satisfied with your doctor telling you no, you ask him or her why or obtain a second opinion from a spine specialist to see what evaluation may be most appropriate. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor be reluctant to order a MRI for chronic severe spine/back pain ?

Why would my doctor be reluctant to order a MRI for chronic severe spine/back pain ?

I would: Suggest you ask your doctor that question. If you don't get a satisfactory answer consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a thoracic spine MRI with dye?

What type of doctor can order a thoracic spine MRI with dye?

Any: Any type of doctor can order this type of mri, however if there is a back problem it would be best to be seen by a doctor with experience in this condition (neurologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, some internists or family medicine doctors, etc) to make sure that this is the correct test. ...Read more

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My doctor tells me that I need an MRI on my back because of my constant back pain. He checked my nerves and said they they were OK. An ultrasound was also done. He found a slight curve in my spine. Are there any side effects of an MRI and what else other

My doctor tells me that I need an MRI on my back because of my constant back  pain. He checked my nerves and said they they were OK. An ultrasound was also done. He found a slight curve in my spine. Are there any side effects of an MRI and what else other

No side wffects: The MRI is a safe test that uses a magnet instead of X-rays. Because of this there is no radiation exposure. It is one of the best tests for deteriorated or herniated disk problems. Tests to get an answer are not always necessary. The MRI is usually done only if surgery is being considered , if your symptoms don't fit a specific pattern, or if the treatment isn't working. ...Read more

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So it is possible an inflamed nerve in lumbar spine can cause feeling to urinate? My doctor said mri next will this find it?

So it is possible an inflamed nerve in lumbar spine can cause feeling to urinate? My doctor said mri next will this find it?

Urinary urge: Typically the urge to urinate in a young male is caused by problems in the bladder or genitalia. Therefore unless those areas have been already evaluated it would not be prudent to do a lumbar mri ...Read more

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15 year old healthy female, right knee buckles full time for 2 months, MRI is clean, doctors says nothing wrong with her. Mri ordered of lumbar spine.?

15 year old healthy female, right knee buckles full time for 2 months, MRI is clean, doctors says nothing wrong with her. Mri ordered of lumbar spine.?

Get a second opinion: It is possible this is simply "growing pains." however, it is reasonable to seek a second opinion on the MRI of the knee from a musculoskeletal specialist; especially if your daughter is playing sports. Mri of the lumbar spine seems unnecessary. ...Read more

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Hip pain inner tight pain or 3 months not severe driving me crazy can't sleep doctor says anxiety but its not MRI spine clear what can it be?

Hip pain inner tight pain or 3 months not severe driving me crazy can't sleep doctor says anxiety but its not MRI spine clear what can it be?

Specialist consults?: I'm thinking maybe you mean inner "thigh" pain? You say it's not severe but is driving you crazy. It sounds like you doubt your doctor's assessment of anxiety, although pain can lead to anxiety. Ask him/her for suggestions of specialists to see also: possibly physical medicine, sports medicine, or pain doctor. A psychiatrist may end up being helpful too. Glad you got good news on your mri. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Spondylolisthesis (Definition)

Slippage of one vertebral body over another ...Read more