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Mri shows a fluid build up in lumbar spine, what to do?

Mri shows a fluid build up in lumbar spine, what to do?

Fluid build up??: Would need more info - not sure what fluid "build up" means - we would need to look at your MRI to see exactly what's going on. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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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I did an MRI scan on my lumbar spine and report said 'two non significant disc bulges'. What does that means?

I did an MRI scan on my lumbar spine and report said 'two non significant disc bulges'. What does that means?

Non-significant: This usually will mean that there is bulging of the lumbar disks, but you should not have and clinical symptoms as its very small. In other words, its not pressing on anything. ...Read more

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I have a low GFR Stage 3. MRI has been suggested for me. Would I definitely need contrast for lumbar spine issue?

I have a low GFR Stage 3. MRI has been suggested for me. Would I definitely need contrast for lumbar spine issue?

It depends: On the "issue" in question. If it is simply a workup for back paiin, contrast is probably not needed. If it is a workup for tumor/metastatic disease, or postoperative spine, contrast would be very useful. ...Read more

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MRI lumbar spine for pain result said Small paraspinal soft tissue. What does that mean? Thoracic said normal paraspinal soft tissue.

MRI lumbar spine for pain result said Small paraspinal soft tissue. What does that mean? Thoracic said normal paraspinal soft tissue.

Might be an error.: Sometimes, radiology reports have typographical errors in them. "Small paraspinal soft tissue" doesn't make a lot of medical sense, unless your muscles are small because you have small stature or not much muscle mass. It's possible that the report is missing a word or phrase describing some "small" finding. If you would like a second opinion on the MRI, let me know. ...Read more

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While doing MRI for Lumbar spine it found there is an incompletely visualized and incompletely characterized predominantly high t2 low t1 lesion at th?

While doing MRI for Lumbar spine it found there is an incompletely visualized and incompletely characterized predominantly high t2 low t1 lesion at th?

There is: Not enough information to render an opinion. Almost all lesions, from innocuous to serious, are high T2/low T1 signal, so it could be anything from absolutely nothing to worry about, to something more significant. ...Read more

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Lumbar spine MRI says epidural fat attenuation. What is this?

Not sure: Epidural fat is common and it can get thickened. We call this epidural lipomatosis and it can narrow the spinal canal where the nerve roots run. It is somewhat controversial as to whether this is clinically significant. ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine showed regions of focal fatty replacement and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine and chronic wedge deformities. Should I worry?

MRI of lumbar spine showed regions of focal fatty replacement and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine and chronic wedge deformities. Should I worry?

Not too much: The area of fatty replacements and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine are not significant, and pose no future problem for you. However, the chronic wedge deformities may be due to prior trauma with injury to the vertebral bodies, or possible osteopenic compression fractures. Discuss with you doctor about possibly osteoporosis or other bone abnormality, and how to limit further injury. ...Read more

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Can colon tumors be seen on a lumbar spine mri?

Can colon tumors be seen on a lumbar spine mri?

Not really: It is windowed to focus on the lumbar spine so you don't really appropriately visualize the colon on the lumbar spine mri. This particular study is not a good study at all to evaluate the colon. To properly evaluate the colon, ask your doctor to inform you on what study is needed to properly visualize the colon. ...Read more

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What can I do with my back pain? I have 4 buldging discs and one herniation with a tear. That's all in my lumbar spine. Haven't mri-ed rest of back ye

What can I do with my back pain? I have 4 buldging discs and one herniation with a tear. That's all in my lumbar spine. Haven't mri-ed rest of back ye

U hav lots t do: Pain management is useful if it helps you to move normally while you heal. If you smoke, you must stop. What ever type of activity/lifestyle produces the damage to your back must be modified. Physical therapy for a core strengthening, yoga type stretching home exercise program that incorporates proper breathing and body awareness is the pathway that I have seen the most success. Patience! ...Read more

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My MRI report say this: levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine. The spinal cord terminates at the inferior aspect of the t12 vertebral body. Meaning?

My MRI report say this: levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine. The spinal cord terminates at the inferior aspect of the t12 vertebral body. Meaning?

Doctor speak: We need to sound smart. It basically means a bit of a scoliosis I the lower spine with the apex of the curve pointed to the left. The spinal cord is ending at the bottom of the last thoracic vertebrae, which isn't to far from normal. Speak to your doctor and they can likely go over the actual films with you and show you what they mean. ...Read more

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Had an MRI on the lumbar spine. The radiologist noted in his impression that I had innumerable cystic lesions on my liver. What are cystic lesions?

Had an MRI on the lumbar spine. The radiologist noted in his impression that I had innumerable cystic lesions on my liver. What are cystic lesions?

Liver cysts: Liver cysts are the probable cause. These are common and are also seen in patients with polycystic liver disease. ...Read more

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My husband has had hip pain for 2 years he is 23 and has had an MRI and xray which show nothing could it be lumbar spine and what would you suggest?

My husband has had hip pain for 2 years he is 23 and has had an MRI and xray which show nothing could it be lumbar spine and what would you suggest?

Could be: Pain in the buttock is often considered "hip" but often reflects a low back problem. If simple measures have failed, seeing a spinal specialist may help him find the source. ...Read more

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Have had emg ncv & mri. Tests show pinced nerves in cervical & lumbar spine. Personal trainer claims core exercises will cure condition. Thoughts?

Have had emg ncv & mri. Tests show pinced nerves in cervical & lumbar spine. Personal trainer claims core exercises will cure condition. Thoughts?

Let me explain: Those finding on the test you had means you have a mechanical changes, training or exercise will not change them it may improve your symptoms so you could live with it. ...Read more

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Can lumbar spine Mri without dye detect ovarian cyst?

Can lumbar spine Mri without dye detect ovarian cyst?

NO: If MRI is done for spine focus will be on spine, speak to your doctor, if you think you have ovarian cyst problem, must be seen by gyn doctor and tests are to be done appropriately for correct diagnosis ...Read more

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What is a black spot on an MRI image? Gas? (mri of lumbar spine)

What is a black spot on an MRI image? Gas? (mri of lumbar spine)

Gas or calcification: Dark spots (low signal intensity) can be many things depending on location and MRI pulse sequence. The most common reasons would be gas or calcification on a spine mri. ...Read more

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How long will an MRI with and without contrast take for the area of the brain, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine?

How long will an MRI with and without contrast take for the area of the brain, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine?

MRI Time: The actual procedure for the MRI could take up to approx 45 minutes for each level. A ct scan takes less time but does expose you to radiation. The MRI does not expose you to radiation. ...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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If I have a big white viscera pouch bulging against one of the muscles adjacent my back muscles on a lumbar spine mri, is it diverticulitis?

Unknowable: Ask the radiology department for a report.
Diverticula are small outpouchings on the colon and can be multiple.
There are some other less common bowel diverticula.
None of these are big white viscera. ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine says I have a "left laminectomy defect, status post discetomy." But... I never had back surgery - ever. Should I be worried?

No: Not worried, no. It could have simply been a misread by the radiologist; sometimes the findings of surgery can be subtle and so a radiologist may have misinterpreted the study. But the first thing I would actually check is that the MRI that is being reported is actually yours. Sometimes results can be attributed to the wrong patient, particularly if someone has the same or similar name. ...Read more

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I've been on steroids for 5 days and the pain in my hip and groin and back is a little better. Should I still get the MRI of lumbar spine and hip?

I've been on steroids for 5 days and the pain in my hip and groin and back is a little better. Should I still get the MRI of lumbar spine and hip?

More info: Fishing in the dark is hard. Fishing in clear water or with sonar is much easier. Get the scan so your treatment plan is as informed by clear data as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to go in for an MRI of my thoracic and lumbar spine and am claustraphobic. My question is do I have to go in head or feet first?

What to do if I have to go in for an MRI of my thoracic and lumbar spine and am claustraphobic. My question is do I have to go in head or feet first?

You have two options: First, you can asked to be sedated for a closed MRI or request to have an open MRI if you do not wish to be sedated which depending on the make, are very easy to tolerate even if very claustrophobic. The size of the magnet or its strength should be listed at at least 1.5 telsa for a good spine evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more