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Can MRI of the lumbosacral spine show infection without contrast?

Can MRI of the lumbosacral spine show infection without contrast?

Yes. MRI does not: Need contrast enhancement and is a great imaging device for making a diagnosis of infection inthe spine whether it involves bone (osteomyelitis), disc (discitis) or an epidural abscess. ...Read more

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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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Can spine MRI preformed with and without contrast? Why it's done this way?

Can spine MRI preformed with and without contrast? Why it's done this way?

Depends: Spine MRI can be done without contrast because disks and soft tissues can be distinguished from the nerves and bones. We order MRI with and without contrast in patients with previous back surgery to distinguish scar tissue (which changes signal intensity on the MRI with the contrast) from disk material (which doesn't). We also order contrast if there is concern for possible infection or tumors. ...Read more

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Having an MRI of spine. Does it matter if its done without contrast? Should I make sure its done with and without? What's the difference?

Having an MRI of spine. Does it matter if its done without contrast? Should I make sure its done with and without? What's the difference?

Depends...: For looking at degenerative changes, like disc herniations and degree of spinal canal or neural foramen narrowing, no contrast is needed. If the exam is to look for any mass, infection, or if you have had back surgery before, then contrast would help. ...Read more

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How to figure out MRI of spine?

How to figure out MRI of spine?

Talk To Doctor: See your doctor and ask them to interpret the results for you in plain english. If he cannot do that then search for a spine specialist that can speak with you about it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between isodense and isointense on MRI of spine?

What is the difference between isodense and isointense on MRI of spine?

Same term: I believe they mean the same thing. That tissue adjacent to one that is being evaluated is the same density/color as the tissue being evaluated. ...Read more

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Can a MRI of spine detect aneurysm and nerve disorders?

Can a MRI of spine detect aneurysm and nerve disorders?

Possibly: Magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-invasive, non-radiation method of cross section imaging. It is used to look at soft tissues, blood vessels and bone. Mri spine imaging will look at bone and the spinal cord with spinal nerves cords. An aneurysm is a blood vessel defect, usually of an artery such as the aorta, which lies in front of the spine. Whether this is seen depends on the image window. ...Read more

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What is an isotope injection for an MRI of spine? Are there side effects?

What is an isotope injection for an MRI of spine? Are there side effects?

No isotope mr: Isotope is a radio tracer used in nuclear medicine studies and involves ionizing irradiation. Mr images are produced from magnetic fields involving no radiation. Gadolinium is contrast used for mr studies and is not radioactive. ...Read more

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Causes of hip and leg paim shooting down to calf most (both sides) the day not severe MRI of spine and blood wok clear!?

Causes of hip and leg paim shooting down to calf most (both sides) the day not severe MRI of spine and blood wok clear!?

Do you sit a lot?: It could be due to poor posture and/or compression of your sciatic nerve from sitting. Also, do you perform self testicular exams? Testicular pain can be referred to the hip. Try correcting your posture, sitting less, and talking to your doctor if the problem persists. Http://kidshealth. Org/teen/sexual_health/guys/tse. Html

http://www. Webmd. Com/fitness-exercise/better-posture-exercises. ...Read more

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Would sacrolilitis or SI joint dysfuncation cause sciatica? Or is Piriformis syndrome more likely, Had MRI of spine and no disk problems found.

Would sacrolilitis or SI joint dysfuncation cause sciatica? Or is Piriformis syndrome more likely, Had MRI of spine and no disk problems found.

Yes: An abnormality of the SI joint such as an inflammatory condition, for example can cause a "sciatica". This is because the L5 nerve, which forms part of the sciatic nerve, runs right over the SI joint. Piriformis syndrome is another example of a condition that is not spine related but can cause sciatica. A detailed exam can usually destinguish the cause. ...Read more

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Radiology. Can stress loading MRI of spine show up how the c-t-l spine really work under normal movement and affect head brain and movement?

Radiology. Can stress loading MRI of spine show up how the c-t-l spine really work under normal movement and affect head brain and movement?

Possibly: Weight bearing MRI can give a glimpse into what happens with loading stresses however these are typically more uncomfortable for the patient and sometimes insurance companies do not pay for this added service. Often times, using flexion/extension based spine x-rays can augment the static image of the MRI and provide more info as well. ...Read more

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Wife's Mri of spine shows C2 C3 demonstrate T1 T2 bright signal along right lower aspect disc space. L3 small vertebral hemangimo. Minor facet hypertrophy at L4 L5 encroaching on the foramina. PLEASE explain these findings. Thank you Drs.

Wife's Mri of spine shows C2 C3 demonstrate T1 T2 bright signal along right lower aspect disc space. L3 small vertebral hemangimo. Minor facet hypertrophy at L4 L5 encroaching on the foramina. PLEASE explain these findings. Thank you Drs.

Some findings OK: In general, small hemangiomas in vertebral bodies are not clinically significant, sort of like fingerprints.
Narrowed foramina from arthritis in the facets can be symptomatic and treated conservatively with anti inflammatories, steroid injections or rarely (sometimes micro) surgery.
Disc lesions with T1 and T2 abnormalities need to be seen to opine on. ...Read more

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8years ago I did ct for head 5years ago kidney radiography (don't know type) now Xray, bone density, Mri of spine I'm worry about this amount of rays

8years ago I did ct for head 5years ago kidney radiography (don't know type) now Xray, bone density, Mri of spine I'm worry about this amount of rays

Radiation exposure: The amount of radiation in an xray and BMD is minimal.
radiation doses from CT may be highly variable between institutions.
CT head = 2mSv
radiation doses from 0.1 to 1.0 mSv carry an additional risk of death from cancer comparable to the risk of death associated with a flight of 4500 miles, whereas doses in the range of 1 to 10 mSv have a higher risk, comparable to driving 2000 miles. ...Read more

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Sometimes feel cold spot in lower back and legs. Do have herniations and bulges in lumbar and thoracic area. Cause? Otherwise norm mri of spine/brain

Sometimes feel cold spot in lower back and legs. Do have herniations and bulges in lumbar and thoracic area. Cause? Otherwise norm mri of spine/brain

If the disk bulges: ...or herniations are putting pressure on the nerves as they exit the spinal cord, they could cause your symptoms. However, there are other causes as well. Sciatica, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, spinal stenosis and meralgia paresthetica (LFCN) are some other causes. I recommend that you follow up with your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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10 day history of altered sensation in legs/hands, tingling/numbness. My calves have become tight, MRI of spine clear, EMG tests good. Any ideas?

10 day history of altered sensation in legs/hands, tingling/numbness. My calves have become tight, MRI of spine clear, EMG tests good. Any ideas?

Nerve disease: Now you know there is no compression of the spine, or nerve entrapment that can be measured, but overuse of nerves in The forearms is common with repetitive activity, such as typing. Peripheral neuropathic pain- numbness also can look, like this, as does fibromyalgia, and Lyme disease? Evaluation by neurologist is indicated. You can start a vit b complex with folate (folic acid) in the meantime. ...Read more

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Having numbness in my left hand palm for several months. Am 72. Recent MRI of spine show cervical spondylitis. Had taken pain killers, traction.?

Having numbness in my left hand palm for several months. Am 72. Recent MRI of spine show cervical spondylitis. Had taken pain killers, traction.?

Nerve compression: Try a formal course of physical therapy. You should also see a pain management specialist. An epidural steroid injection may help. If ultimately all fails and you can no longer tolerate your symptoms, surgery may be warranted. ...Read more

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I have intermittent tingling in my toes (bilateral) l heel, and l shoulder. Mri of spine was clear. All lab tests wnl (thyroid, b12, a1c, etc) ideas?

I have intermittent tingling in my toes (bilateral) l heel, and l shoulder. Mri of spine was clear. All lab tests wnl (thyroid, b12, a1c, etc) ideas?

Local factors: Inflamed muscle or tendons leading to those extremities can still be intermittently compressing the nerve. Sometimes it could be simply the way you are shifting or moving. Knowing that the roots at the spine are clear is good. Because the pain is intermittent, consider a local factor. See if a stretch or massage makes a difference. ...Read more

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8years ago I did ct scan for head 5years Xray for kidney 2months panoramic Xray for teeth 2week Xray of spine 2days mri of spine Can this cause cancer?

No: All x-ray exposure is cumulative, but doses are minimized as much as possible. Your Panoramic x-ray, for example, is less radiation than you would receive spending a day in the mountains, or two on the beach. If you are concerned, schedule an appointment with your General Physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Have upper back pain present for over a yr and CT of chest was clear 6 months ago &mri of spine was ok would it be safe to say I don't have lung cancer?

Have upper back pain present for over a yr and CT of chest was clear 6 months ago &mri of spine was ok would it be safe to say I don't have lung cancer?

Yes: Without risk factors, at present there is no evidence for lung ca. If you have risk factors there are radiologic parameters that suggest appropriate follow up that your doctor should follow. ...Read more

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Cash brace, no fracture found by the radiologist. Told leave brace on until MRI, of spine and cervical. Could it be MS flare, low grade fever this wk.

Cash brace, no fracture found by the radiologist. Told leave brace on until MRI, of spine and cervical. Could it be MS flare, low grade fever this wk.

Ans: Well you must follow your advice and await the Neil. You still could have a hairline fracture. So wait to see what Mir shows ...Read more

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MRI of back also showed exophytic T2 bright lobulated focus involving superior medial Rt kidney measuring 2.1 cm. What could this be?

MRI of back also showed exophytic T2 bright lobulated focus involving superior medial Rt kidney measuring 2.1 cm. What could this be?

Depends: What type of MRI was acquired and discovered this finding? This could be a frequently seen incidental cyst seen on a lumbar spine MRI or a mass as part of a renal lesion evaluation study MRI. Feel free to schedule a consult to review your exact imaging and this finding. ...Read more

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LLegNumbnes, xray n MRI of back show no nerve pressing, showed hemogliates, MRI w/out brain shows Few foci flair hypersensitivity 2 month MRI with c?

LLegNumbnes, xray n MRI of back show no nerve pressing, showed hemogliates, MRI w/out brain shows Few foci flair hypersensitivity 2 month MRI with c?

Leg numbness: I am not sure what you mean by the term hemogliates in reference to the MRI of the lumbar spine. Also, the brain MRI study is nonspecific in regard to the location of hyperintense foci. Discuss the MRI findings with your neurologist to determine if they have clinical relevance. ...Read more

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When looking at MRI photo of a spine with contrast is light or dark abnormal or how can you tell something's wrong?

It takes training to: Learn what is normal and not on a spine mri. Mri having bright and dark regions, is expected, but what exactly is going on, you will need to chat with your spinal specialist who will explain to you what is going on, and let you know if anything is abnormal. ...Read more