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What are the tests for spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Imaging

The most accurate test is a ct scan for assessing the size of the spinal canal to determine if it fits the criteria for spinl stenosis followed by a mri.
However, one has to have the clinical symptoms and/or findings to make a clinical diagnosis of spinal stenosis since a lot of people with positive imaging findings have no clinical symptoms or findings

In brief: Imaging

The most accurate test is a ct scan for assessing the size of the spinal canal to determine if it fits the criteria for spinl stenosis followed by a mri.
However, one has to have the clinical symptoms and/or findings to make a clinical diagnosis of spinal stenosis since a lot of people with positive imaging findings have no clinical symptoms or findings
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: History&MRI

Spinal stenosis is best seen on mri.
However, unless there are correlating symptoms by history, it is just a radiographic finding. If a patient has correlating sciatica that is worse with standing/walking, better with bending forward or sitting, then spinal stenosis on MRI can be implicated in the disease condition of neurogenic claudition. Neurogenic claudication is what warrants treatment.

In brief: History&MRI

Spinal stenosis is best seen on mri.
However, unless there are correlating symptoms by history, it is just a radiographic finding. If a patient has correlating sciatica that is worse with standing/walking, better with bending forward or sitting, then spinal stenosis on MRI can be implicated in the disease condition of neurogenic claudition. Neurogenic claudication is what warrants treatment.
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: MRI, myelogram

Xrays can give a general idea, but don't really show the inside of the canal itself.
Typically, either an MRI, ct scan, or ct scan combined with a myelogram will show the details about the severity of the spinal stenosis.

In brief: MRI, myelogram

Xrays can give a general idea, but don't really show the inside of the canal itself.
Typically, either an MRI, ct scan, or ct scan combined with a myelogram will show the details about the severity of the spinal stenosis.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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