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How long will an MRI scan on the spine take?

How long will an MRI scan on the spine take?

.5 hr.: About half an hour. MRI takes longer and is noisy than CT Scan, but gives more valuable info. After CT scan, may have to do MRI but not vice versa. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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What conditions is my neurologist looking for by sending me to have an MRI Scan of my brain and spine, how many conditions are there?

What conditions is my neurologist looking for by sending me to have an MRI Scan of my brain and spine, how many conditions are there?

MRI: There are too many, you should ask your doctor what he/she is suggesting. It depends on clinical presentation, symptoms and previous tests. ...Read more

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What can white spots on spine in MRI scan indicate?

What can white spots on spine in MRI scan indicate?

Depends on where: In the spine they could be a hemangioma or a lipoma, benign bone lesions...


In the spinal cord.......Multiple sclerosis, tumor, or cord trauma. To name a few.... ...Read more

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I had an MRI scan of my back n they said me tht I have a joint spine prob so what type of prob is ths? Is ths serus? N they will put 4injections a day.

I had an MRI scan of my back n they said me tht I have a joint spine prob so what type of prob is ths? Is ths serus? N they will put 4injections a day.

Painful, not serious: First possibility: the joint referred to is an intervertebral disc. This is not as likely as this would usually require only one injection. The second possibility is the zygapophysial (or "facet") joints. If the L4-L5 & L5-S1 facet joints appear arthritic on imaging, both levels may be injected, sometimes bilaterally, accounting for four injections. The underlying problem? Arthritis. ...Read more

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Hi I have a lesion growing in my spine which had been there for 8 years or so. I have an MRI scan once a year to keep track of it. I need answers plz?

Talk to your Doctor,: Apparently you have a benign lesion in your spine, which has been monitored for last 8 yrs. No one but your treating doctor would be able to give you answers. Check with your doctor, as none of us would be able to shed any light on it. ...Read more

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How do I ease my back pain I have had a MRI scan which shows scarring, compression on my spine and I am on endone, when I don't take this my back ach?

How do I ease my back pain I have had a MRI scan which shows scarring, compression on my spine and I am on endone, when I don't take this my back ach?

See a back surgeon: Find a good back doctor you can trust, either an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, who specializes in backs. Sounds like you've had the work up. The last thing i'd recommend is a narcotic except for immediate post surgical pain. You'll get hooked on those things and breaking yourself of that habit will be worse than the back pain! exercise to strengthen your back muscles. ...Read more

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MRI scan said subtle changes to central spinal cord, what could this be? It says no neural compression in any of the spine, does this rule out a Tumor? Thanks

MRI scan said subtle changes to central spinal cord, what could this be? It says no neural compression in any of the spine, does this rule out a Tumor? Thanks

Varies: There are multiple potential causes for signal changes with in the spinal cord. It can even be artifact and so you would want to make sure you had a good quality, high resolution Mri with contrast to ensure the finding is even real. Followup with a neurologist for a detailed exam and to discuss the Mri findings would be recommended. ...Read more

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My MRI scan showed that I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Should I see a spine specialist?

My MRI scan showed that I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Should I see a spine specialist?

Depends: Depends on if you have nerve symptoms. If you have only back pain or sciatica type pain but no weakness or numbness or bowel or bladder problems, then you don't have to, but may want to see one to discuss first non-surgical options of treatment and then if they do not work, then possible surgical options. ...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 went in to get an MRI scan on my spine and I was scared. The lady had me try it for about 40 second before I had them take me out. Now I remember I had surgical staples for a cut on my scalp years ago. I never had them taken out should I be worried?

I went in to get an MRI scan on my spine and I was scared. The lady had me try it for about 40 second before I had them take me out. Now I remember I had surgical staples for a cut on my scalp years ago. I never had them taken out should I be worried?

Go to your doctor: As far as your MRI is concerned, it's probably fine. The concerns with MRI are certain metals that can be moved due to the magnetic force. Many metals used into the medical field aren't made of those types of metal. I'm more concerned w/possibility of surgical staples being in place for a year. Maybe they used suture which your body absorbed. I recommend you see your doctor to get this sorted out ...Read more

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What does "the marrow signal in the cervical spine is decreased" mean? It says it can be correlated with a CBC. From MRI scan from 2007. Concerns?

What does "the marrow signal in the cervical spine is decreased" mean? It says it can be correlated with a CBC. From MRI scan from 2007. Concerns?

Not much: Each of the tissues in an MRI gives if a characteristic signal, which then makes it a certain appearance on the image. So the marrow signal was lower than average. This could be a normal variant, but is sometimes seen in patients with abnormalities of the marrow system which produces our blood cells; thus the recommendation to correlate with a CBC. I would just mention to your MD. ...Read more

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Will an MRI scan show up any form of cancer, bacterial or viral infection? Mri - brain, spine & pelvis. Had pnuemonia. Can't find infection. Autoimmu?

Not that likely: I think you are putting too much faith in MRI scans
while they are certainly helpful in many cases there are certainly things that are not seen at all well with mri. ...Read more

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I have been referred to a neurogenetic specialist and have had MRI scans of head and spine. Is there a difference between neurologist and neurogenetic specialist and would there have been anything on MRI to be referred to neurogenetic specialist?

I have been referred to a neurogenetic specialist and have had MRI scans of head and spine. Is there a difference between neurologist and neurogenetic specialist and would there have been anything on MRI to be referred to neurogenetic specialist?

Perhaps: This is a new label to me, but I assume this doc is a neurologist who focuses in the realm of genetic disorders. Perhaps your studies revealed lesions or anatomy consistent with disorders such as cadasil, or spinocerebellar degeneration, which are indeed genetic. Would follow the advice given, as there seems to be some good thinking in this area. ...Read more

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What to do if I had an MRI scan on my lower back and it came back negative.?

Good news: If you are still having pain a physical medicine physician may be able to help. They are skilled at diagnosing musculoskeletal pain and providing ways to treat the pain as well as strengthen your back. ...Read more

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I had an MRI scan on my back and they have found a cyst on my aorta, is this serious?

I had an MRI scan on my back and they have found a cyst on my aorta, is this serious?

Cyst = aneurysm?: If by cyst you mean aneurysm, then yes an aortic aneurysm can be serious depending on how large it is. They are typically treated at 5 cm in diameter. It is typically followed with ultrasound. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 17 and have a back pain for a few months, ive had a MRI scan and now waiting to see the surgeon.?

Stay the course: You are on the right track. MRI and spine specialist are the next steps. In the mean time, if your pain control is not good, see your regular doctor. They may prescribe you different medicine if they think it is appropriate. Avoid heavy lifting and contact sports. If you develop leg weakness or incontinence of bowel or bladder at any time, go to the ER. ...Read more

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I have chronic lower abdom pain that radiates to my lower back. Mri scan xrays laparoscopie hystero blood test. Evrything is normal. I delivered 6 m ago?

I have chronic lower abdom pain that radiates to my lower back. Mri scan xrays laparoscopie hystero blood test. Evrything is normal. I delivered 6 m ago?

Back pain after preg: Lumbar pain after pregnancy is common. As many as 80% will have pain, but only about 20% have persistent symptoms. Why? Likely due to ligament laxity which assists the pelvis to expand for birth. The lordotic posture of carrying a tummy full of baby can also aggravate. Pt often helps, but an eval by a doc is a good idea if pain persists. ...Read more

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My grandad is 71 and had back pain. MRI scan has shown spinal tumour. What is the likely prognosis?

My grandad is 71 and had back pain. MRI scan has shown spinal tumour. What is the likely prognosis?

It depends: On what type of tumor, some are benign and some are malignant, as well as the size, location, and extent. More information is needed to venture an opinion. ...Read more

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What is t2 hyperintensity of left side conus? & demyelination? Thankyou. (Result from MRI scan of lower back)

What is t2 hyperintensity of left side conus? & demyelination? Thankyou. (Result from MRI scan of lower back)

Need more info: Without knowing your medical history and not having the MRI film in front of me this question is best answered by your physician. ...Read more

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Have pain in and around lower back. Had MRI scan but noyhing came up. Not water infection either. Any ideas please?

Have pain in and around lower back. Had MRI scan but noyhing came up. Not water infection either. Any ideas please?

Back pain: Patient with chronic low back pain is mostly muscle and bones disorder. Mayority of the patient had sprains in the back or ligaments sourranding the spine and they cause pain simple analgesic such a tylenol (acetaminophen) over the counter or Naproxen may help. Worrisome signs such fevre especially at nigh acompanied with nigh sweats, history of osteoporosis, cancer, age more than 50 years may need to be explore. ...Read more

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Hi, im getting dull pain on my lower back. I have been told I have a dermoid cyst on left side. I have a MRI scan next week too. What shall I do?

If your doctor: Thinks your symptoms are caused by this dermoid, he/she will probably recommend removal. Depends on its size and other risk factors, but you should probably have it removed in any case. Please follow advice that your doctor gives you after the MRI is complete. ...Read more

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I'm 35 yrs old had back problems since december last year had a MRI scan found a few cysts on right kidney and my gallbladder is enlarged and can't eat?

Other non spine: Problems can present as back pain while a typical back problem does not usually stop you from eating unless the pain makes you not want to eat. Gastrointestinal problems such as with a gallbladder, pancreas or ulcer issue can present this way as can reproductive organ issues and kidney / renal issues as well as certain vascular issues. See your physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Does MRI scan show any muscle damage or nerve or tendon related problems for issues such as back pain? Thanks

Does MRI scan show any muscle damage or nerve or tendon related problems for issues such as back pain? Thanks

Sometimes: Usually if there is overt tears or edema suggesting acute process you will see this on mri. Otherwise it is hard to see chronic issues as there typically is not much fluid/edema in these areas. ...Read more

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I have a metal plate in my leg, and need an mri scan of my low back. Will the metal plate prevent me from getting the mri?

I have a metal plate in my leg, and need an mri scan of my low back. Will the metal plate prevent me from getting the mri?

No: Before your MRI you will be asked a series of questions to determine if the MRI is safe for you. The metal plate in your leg should not prevent you from getting an mri. If you become uncomfortable during the scan, you may have to stop and take a break. ...Read more