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Doctor insights on: X Rays Of Degenerative Arthritis

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Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response). ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

This common degenerative condition impacts the joints, where normal wear and tear on them gets to a point where they can no longer keep up with the pace of generating fresh cartilage. As a result, the joint space thins, the bone becomes exposed and painful, and bone spurs ...Read more


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Do x rays show herniated disk

Do x rays show herniated  disk

No: X-ray will reveal the space between the vertebral bodies where the disc is found but unless the disc is calcified, it will not be visualized as x-ray energy will pass through this soft tissue structure while it does not penetrate the bone but you can get idea of how degenerative the disc may be by seeing how narrowed the disc space is or amount of bone spurs seen around it. Ct & MRI reveal disc. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

No: Degenerative disc disease is a mislabeling as it is a description used for the natural aging process of the discs. This degeneration can lead to inflammation which is what arthritis is, an inflammation of a joint. Not all degenerative joints are arthritic. ...Read more

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Can X rays see joint damage?

Can X rays see joint damage?

Sometimes: Depending on the degree and type of damage. Mri is much more sensitive in evaluating the joints. ...Read more

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Can a knee or ankle MRI without contrast show rheumatoid arthritis? Or spondyloarthropathy?

Can a knee or ankle MRI without contrast show rheumatoid arthritis? Or spondyloarthropathy?

Can indicate: Mri of knee or ankle joint may shows signs of arthritis (fluid, synovitis, cartilage lost, erosions) but these signs are not specific for rheumatoid arthritis. Ra is diagnosed by blood tests and clinical history as is spondyloarthropathy. ...Read more

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All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

If you statement is-: -true, it should be obvious on an MR. In this case I would check 2 be sure that there was not a mixup in identification of whose images are whose. Be sure that they are your images. ...Read more

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Comminuted lateral process talar fracture, many avulsions in foot, synovial thickening, increased fluid 3 years later, still lots of pain. Arthritis?

Comminuted lateral process talar fracture, many avulsions in foot, synovial thickening, increased fluid 3 years later, still lots of pain. Arthritis?

possibly: Certainly a post-traumatic arthritis is possible but so are other issues such as a complex regional pain syndrome. Have the ankle reevaluated including a new mri. ...Read more

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I have Rhematoid Arthritis. xray of my hands shows mild periarticular osteopenia and bilateral reduced proximal IP & MCP joints. What does that mean?

I have Rhematoid Arthritis. xray of my hands shows mild periarticular osteopenia and bilateral reduced proximal IP & MCP joints. What does that mean?

Typical X-ray. : These are typical changes from rheumatoid arthritis. The IP (?PIP) and MCP loss are signs that you are developing joint damage. If you have not been started on treatment you should see a rheumatologist. You should be on methotrexate or another disease modifying mecication to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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Xray recently shows severe joint space narrowing involve the patellofemoral compartment with underlying subchondral sclerosis & osteophyte formation?

Xray recently shows severe joint space narrowing involve the patellofemoral compartment with underlying subchondral sclerosis & osteophyte formation?

Osteoarthritis: These are classical findings of osteoarthritis being spelled out by the radiologist. Osteoarthritis develops as we lose the cartilage that is not seen on X-ray and usually leaves a "joint space" on films. During this degenerative cascade, sclerosis happens to the bone under cartilage and bone tries to increase its surface area when weakened by forming spurs called osteophytes. Good luck. ...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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Sudden onset pain MTP joint. Xray showed bipartite sesamoid, no fracture. MRI identified only reactive marrow oedema, what are my treatment options?

Sudden onset pain MTP joint. Xray showed bipartite sesamoid, no fracture. MRI identified only reactive marrow oedema, what are my treatment options?

This is a difficult : Thing to treat. You can try custom orthotics with a built in dancers pad. If you work out or excercise you will have to stop for an extended time period. The sesamoid bone is small and the blood supply very tenuous so you need to be very cautious. Other options include crutch walking for a couple or weeks or wearing a stiff sole shoe so you don't propulse at the mpj allowing rest of the joint. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A severe illness caused by bacteria named bacillus anthracis. Anthrax disease can result in pneumonia, ...Read more