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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. Jeffrey Wint
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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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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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Dr. Mark Pack
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more