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Doctor insights on: Mri Of The Thoracic Spine

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When u have a mri of the thoracic spine, does it go as far as the shoulder, scapular area or just the vertebrae?

When u have a mri of the thoracic spine, does it go as far as the shoulder, scapular area or just the vertebrae?

Just the spine: The MRI is usually restricted to the spine and immediately surrounding tissue. Ordinarily it would not show the shoulder unless that was requested on the order. In addition, different MRI sequences are used for the shoulder. These different sequences show the tissues in different ways. So, in order to evaluate a shoulder, it really is necessary to get a dedicated shoulder MRI. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 have had four mris of my thoracic spine last year because of upper back pain. Would MRI reflect TB (pott's disease)?

I have had four mris of my thoracic spine last year because of upper back pain. Would MRI reflect TB (pott's disease)?

Pott's Disease : Mri with gadolinium enhancement is one of the best imaging modalities available for portraying pott's disease (tb of the spine), especially assessing its risk to the spinal cord. X-ray, ct, & bone scan can also be used but MRI is the best modality. A needle biopsy can be used to look for the AFB and other potential organisms & causes. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of thoracic spine said there are multiple nerve sheath cysts...What are these?

Recent MRI of thoracic spine said there are multiple nerve sheath cysts...What are these?

Fluid sacks: The outer lining of each nerve as it leaves the spinal canal and passes thru the spinal column may occasionally separate from close adherence to the nerve & that space may fill up with spinal fluid. These cysts are often present at birth but may enlarge later (tarlov cysts). They are always noncancerous & almost always asymptomatic. Usually they are "an incidental" finding unrelated to the problem. ...Read more

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Can reactive endplate changes at c6/c7 with hyped intensity at t1 and t2 be related to a two year old fall should I also do a MRI on thoracic spine?

Can reactive endplate changes at c6/c7 with hyped intensity at t1 and t2 be related to a  two year old fall should I also do a MRI on thoracic spine?

Prob not: sounds more like degenerative changes in your neck and not traumatic. If you are having mid back pain &/or pain that moves to the front of the chest a thoracic MRI might be useful. This conditions is NOT common. ...Read more

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I've had chronic pain behind my sternum for 15 months. All tests are negative, now waiting on MRI of thoracic spine. NSAIDs have failed. Any thoughts?

I've had chronic pain behind my sternum for 15 months. All tests are negative, now waiting on MRI of thoracic spine. NSAIDs have failed. Any thoughts?

Chronic sternal pain: Hello. NSAIDs might have failed because of the type of pain you are experiencing. What are you feeling behind your sternum? Someone stabbing you? Does it burn? Is it sharp like a knife? Pins & needles? These are all type of neuropathic pain. That type of pain is treated with different type of medications (ex gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin)toprimate, TCAs, etc.). What movements aggravate this area of pain? ...Read more

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I had a MRI of thoracic spine . I have protroshion at t7-8 and bulging at t6-7, 10-11. Would this cause upper middle back pain?

I had a MRI of thoracic spine . I have protroshion at t7-8 and bulging at t6-7, 10-11. Would this cause upper middle back pain?

Maybe: Unfortunately mris often provide more information that is relevant. It is not uncommon to find abnormalities on MRI scans that have no connection to someone complaint. The concern with disc herniations is the possible nerve compression that can result. This often causes referred pain and not pain where the disc abnormality is. The doc who ordered your scan needs to go over it with you. ...Read more

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Which organs would be seen or incidentally picked up during a MRI w/o contrast of thoracic spine?

Spine mainly,: But depending on how tight it scan is windowed and how low the scan goes, you may see portions of your lungs, heart, great vessels, stomach, diaphragm, liver... But this will not be the way to adequately study these organs as they will not be well visualized. ...Read more

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Can having a MRI w/contrast on the thoracic spine can determine whether or not i need facet injections?

Can having a MRI w/contrast on the thoracic spine can determine whether or not i need facet injections?

Yes and No: If there is evidence of facet abnormalities, then yes. Often most of us get some level of facet degeneration as we get older and those of us more active can face more degeneration, however that does not mean we need to treat these issues. Sometimes consideration of facet injection/treatments is based on pain in the area and diagnostic test block of the nerve associated with that joint. ...Read more

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What could cause cold burning sensations on my back? For 4 months. MRI (without contrast agent) of thoracic spine/neck and 1brain MRI showed nothing

What could cause cold burning sensations on my back? For 4 months. MRI (without contrast agent) of thoracic spine/neck and 1brain MRI showed nothing

Think about it: You have the subjective feeling of cold and burning but I bet the skin is normal to touch. Wait a bit and see if it goes away. Make sure you are eating well and getting enough exercise. if all else fails get another opinion ...Read more

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Would calcification of the soft tissues show clearly on xray, or mri, for example stiffness in thoracic spine due to spondylitis?

Would calcification of the soft tissues show clearly on xray, or mri, for example stiffness in thoracic spine due to spondylitis?

Usually but always: Calcifications will show up on x-ray if there is enough of them. MRI doesn't show calcifications well. In the case of spondylitis, depending on the cause, there could bone erosions (loss of calcification), no calcifcation or abnormal calcificaion. A radiologist is trained to look for these things especially if spondylitis is listed in the diagnosis. ...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

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Mri spine thoracic, labs needed before test?

Mri spine thoracic, labs needed before test?

No, not for a : Non contrast study. If any history of renal or kidney disease or if over the age of 60 years then blood testing is indicated if contrast is to be administered to assess kidney function. ...Read more

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My MRI report (3 views: c-spine, thoracic & lumbar) is hard for me to understand, what to do?

My MRI report (3 views: c-spine, thoracic & lumbar) is hard for me to understand, what to do?

Schedule appointment: Make an appointment with the physician to discuss it with him directly. I make it a point to go through the MRU with all my patients I order them on and they seem to appreciate it. ...Read more

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What is the different between one series of Spine MRI pictures to Cervical, Thoracic, or lumbosacral Spine Mri (each separate)?

What is the different between one series of  Spine MRI pictures to Cervical, Thoracic, or lumbosacral Spine Mri (each separate)?

Being able to: optimize MRI technical parameters to specific regions of the spine allows for a more detailed examination than when attempting to image the entire spine in a single field of view. ...Read more

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Thoracic spine herniation 4 sometime, but now pain is so severe is in my chest also....What would that indicate? Just worsenin'?Think I need new mri..

Thoracic spine herniation 4 sometime, but now pain is so severe is in my chest also....What would that indicate? Just worsenin'?Think I need new mri..

Chest pain eval: Though it's possible your spinal disc herniation is the cause of your pain, you also need a thorough evaluation for other causes of chest pain. I would make an appointment with a good internist or family doctor very soon and let him/her decide on the next step. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the thoracic spine MRI without dye?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the thoracic spine MRI without dye?

You can drive: Without contrast , you can drive after mri. If contrast is used, it is best to bring a driver in case there are any problems (very rare). ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thoracic spine MRI with dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thoracic spine MRI with dye ordered?

Spine MRI: Although your pcp can order a spine mri, but i advise you to be seen by either a neurologist of neuro surgeon inorder to be more specific, sometimes according to the symptoms may be you need to have an MRI of other part of the spine and also to have benefit of the spine MRI it is better to be reviewed carefully especially if eventually you need to be seen by the specialist. ...Read more

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MRi shows slight trapped nerve endings in lumber, thoracic spine, also showed a fifth ventricle, what is it and why do i have it?

MRi shows slight trapped nerve endings in lumber, thoracic spine, also showed a fifth ventricle, what is it and why do i have it?

Slight trapped nerve: If the radiologist read the report as "slight trapped nerve endings" then, he probably means that there is imaging evidence of nerve root s being slightly or mildly trapped at the lumbothoracic junction....I'm not sure whether that's like being a "slightly PREGNANT"--- whoever's reading that report has probably been engaged for 18 years. They hate commitment. You may feel some irritation, low back ...Read more

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In reading in MRI report what does the below sentence really mean?Degenerative change in the thoracic spine. No obvious spondylolysis or listhesis.

In reading in MRI report what does the below sentence really mean?Degenerative change in the thoracic spine. No obvious spondylolysis or listhesis.

Wear and tear: Degenerative change implies that the discs are drying out a bit, and there may be some bony changes, such as small spurs, but the report suggests normal alignment and lack of need for invasive procedures such as surgery. Indeed might be consistent with your age. Talk to radiologist more if you need a visual explanation. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine MRI without dye?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine MRI without dye?

Typically not: Because there is no dye being used, lab tests are not usually required for the scan itself. That being said, many of the conditions that would prompt a doctor to request a thoracic MRI would also lead him or her to request lab tests as well. ...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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Does thoracic spine mri safe? Does it have any side effects in the future? I heard it can cause cancer Thank you

Does thoracic spine mri safe?
Does it have any side effects in the future?
I heard it can cause cancer
Thank you

MRI is safe: MRI is a safe test and it is actually safer than a CT scan which is often the alternative test that is commonly used for diagnostic tests. The main difference is that MRI doe snot expose you to radiation(which most other X-rays do). The lack of radiation makes MRI a safer test.. It does not cause Cancer....X-rays do have that risk albeit it is very small risk. ...Read more

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Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine?Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine?Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Yes: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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What else would cause middle thoracic spine and cervical pain. I've had all MRI/CT scans?

What else would cause middle thoracic spine and cervical pain. I've had all MRI/CT scans?

Neck and back pain: If MRI negative, pain is likely due to soft tissue inflammation, or fascial restiction, try rest ice, and body work, like massage, chiro, or osteopathy ...Read more

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I did head ct scan 10 years ago and thoracic spine mri 1.5 years ago And a chest X-ray 6 months ago I'm worry about the amount of radiations?

I did head ct scan 10 years ago and thoracic spine mri 1.5 years ago
And a chest X-ray 6 months ago
I'm worry about the amount of radiations?

Minimal: MRI does not use x-ray radiation, but instead uses a magnetic field. A single chest x-ray is very minimal. A CT scan of the head will give you about 20 times as much radiation as a chest x-ray, but this is still felt to be less than the background radiation you receive in 1 year just from being outdoors. It's good for you to limit your radiation exposure,but yours is minimal, I wouldn't worry ...Read more