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Benefits of MRI with contrast for lumbosacral injuries?

Benefits of MRI with contrast for lumbosacral injuries?

Not needed: Acute lumbosacral injuries do not require MRI with contrast. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Orthodedic surgeon or neurosurgeon for the field of spinal fusions?

Orthodedic surgeon or neurosurgeon for the field of spinal fusions?

Experience/training: Orthopaedic and neurologic surgeons are qualified with basic training to perform spinal fusions. Surgeons from both fields can undergo additional training in spine surgery known as a fellowship. The best recommendation of choosing a surgeon should be based upon experience and training. Understand board certification status, and ask for patient recommendations. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects of ozone injections for disc issues? For both cervical and lumbar disc issues?

Is there any side effects of ozone injections for disc issues? For both cervical and lumbar disc issues?

Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questionable at best...What is being treated? I don't believe you should be trying this. ...Read more

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Would C5 disc herniation show on Brain MRI? Or are they considered two separate 'sessions' in the MRI machine?

Would C5 disc herniation show on Brain MRI? Or are they considered two separate 'sessions' in the MRI machine?

No: A brain MRI will not usually show C5, it will usually show down to about c2or at most c3. But if you ask your doctor, they could potentially include an MRI if the brain and the caprine at the same time. ...Read more

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Results of ct scan?dependent perfusion changes in the lung bases?no evidence for spondylitis significant for patient age are bony bridging.Explain???

Results of ct scan?dependent perfusion changes in the lung bases?no evidence for spondylitis significant for patient age are bony bridging.Explain???

Showing your age: This just means that there are no inflammatory changes seen on your spine but some bone spurs that are reaching across disc spaces from one bone (vertebra) to another which is a sign of age related or degenerative changes of the spine rather than a spine arthritis or spondylitis ...Read more

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What was the benefit of silicone compared to saline implants for breasts?

What was the benefit of silicone compared to saline implants for breasts?

Several: Silicone implants typically feel softer than saline implants. Both are very safe. If a silicone implant ruptures, you may not know it, and you would need an mri. However, the silicone will likely stay within the implant shell because the silicone is a cohesive gel. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/breast-augmentation-of-los-angeles.html. ...Read more

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Is gadolinium safe for MRI contrast? I've been hearing a lot of negative things. Any opinion? Any tests to ensure the safety?

Is gadolinium safe for MRI contrast? I've been hearing a lot of negative things. Any opinion? Any tests to ensure the safety?

Usually: Usually safe if you have no renal impairment or allergies to gadolinium-based agents. A test to ensure safety is a blood test to check chemistries to ensure your kidneys are working properly. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages and advantages of decompression surgery(removing a spinal disc)?

What are the disadvantages and advantages of decompression surgery(removing a spinal disc)?

Depends: It all depends on the amount of neural compression and whether there are any deficits. Surgical risks include- infection, CSF leak, hematoma, and nerve injury. However in the face of severe pain or weakness, surgery can help. ...Read more

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Are there any adverse effects of injecting 1.5ml steroid into epidural space of healthy person without pathology by accident(i.E. Mri report wrong)?

Are there any adverse effects of injecting 1.5ml steroid into epidural space of healthy person without pathology by accident(i.E. Mri report wrong)?

Not usually: Unless the steroid came from the compounding pharmacy involved in the well publicised fungal contamination episode there shouldn't be a problem if there weren't any complications at the time the need;e puncture was made. ...Read more

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TMJ MRI showed bilateral adhesed disks with no evidence of disk displacement. TMJ specialist recommended arthroscopy and PT, is it worth the risk?

TMJ MRI showed bilateral adhesed disks with no evidence of disk displacement. TMJ specialist recommended arthroscopy and PT, is it worth the risk?

Arthrocentesis: A more conservative and less expensive approach would be to start with an Arthrocentesis otherwise known as a lavage. If this is not helpful them arthroscopic surgery would be indicated. ...Read more

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A slight loss of anterior stature of the L1 vertebra is unchanged, compared to the CT scanogram of 2009. Other lumbar vertebrae are normal in stature. There is no lumbar spondylolisthesis. Axial images suggest a nondisplaced fracture of the L4 facet (imag

Need more info: Not sure what your question is, but how old are you and what are your symptoms? Have you had any trauma lately? All these factors help determine the significance of any radiographic abnormality. Also, when the radiologists use a term like "suggest", it means they can't tell for sure if an abnormality is really present or not. ...Read more

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Are there any diagnostic benefits of having ct scan as opposed to MRI scan?

Are there any diagnostic benefits of having ct scan as opposed to MRI scan?

They are: different tests that create images based on different technologies, so which one is best depends on what exactly your doctor is looking for. For certain indications, either one or the other might be preferred. Sometimes, both may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is the major benefit of fusion imaging with PET and CT scans?

What is the major benefit of fusion imaging with PET and CT scans?

It combines: the high sensitivity of PET with the high level of anatomic detail of CT, so an abnormality on PET can be accurately localized. ...Read more

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After elapsing all other options (PT, Pain Medicine DR, meds) is removal of spinal hardware feasible option for pain as a result of a Kyphotic fusion?

After elapsing all other options (PT, Pain Medicine DR, meds) is removal of spinal hardware feasible option for pain as a result of a Kyphotic fusion?

That is a specific: question for the Neurosurgeon, especially one familiar with your particular case. If you have exhausted all other options, as you have listed, then surgery would have to be the next viable step, given the severity of symptoms that you cannot live with. And that is an important distinction: you cannot live with this pain. Surgical options are almost always the last. ...Read more

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A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement. Safe? Good institue?

A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement.  Safe? Good institue?

Surgery: all surgeries care a risk. i know little about the laser spine institute. i would always recommend a second opinion ...Read more

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Are mris safe for people with metal implants in their spine?

Are mris safe for people with metal implants in their spine?

Typically yes: Most modern implants are non-ferrous materials and thus are ok in an mri. The majority are now titanium and are certainly not a problem in an mri. The implants may, however, distort the MRI images in areas near the implants. ...Read more

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Is a cervical Laminoforaminotomy performed with or without fusion? According to studies, What is the overall success rate, safety profile?

Is a cervical Laminoforaminotomy performed with or without fusion?  According to studies, What is the overall success rate, safety profile?

Ask your doctor.: We are limited here on HeathTap to 400 characters or less. The discussion you are hoping to have can't be had in this forum, but there are some tidbits that might help you. The vertebrae involved matter. For example, which levels are diseased and which are to be surgically treated? How do you define "success?" The numbers vary from one surgeon and/or center to the next re: outcome measured. Best2U ...Read more

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What are the indications for spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal Instability: Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or neurological compression/injury. Surgical fusion restores immediate stability and alignment and creates an environment where the vertebra can fuse in a functionally acceptable position. Conditions include fracture, deformity, and spondylolisthesis. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety (Definition)

Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more