12th March 2009, 01:13 AM
My daughter has had many x rays for her kyphosis but today she had to have an MRI. The surgeon needed this before surgery. Can anyone tell me why?What the MRI may show or what he is looking for?
12th March 2009, 01:24 AM
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scan) was developed in the 1980's and has revolutionized our ability to see normal and abnormal spinal structures and help diagnose causes of back pain. The MRI scan is an imaging test that allows physicians to assess a patient’s spinal anatomy. The physician will correlate the findings on the MRI scan with the patient’s signs and symptoms in order to arrive at a clinical diagnosis.
While the MRI scan represents a very sensitive and accurate assessment of spinal anatomy, it cannot distinguish between painful and non-painful structures in the spine. In fact, a patient may have severe back pain and an MRI scan that shows a relatively normal-looking spine, or conversely may have no back pain but the MRI scan reveals a lot of anatomical problems. Thus, the findings on MRI scans do not constitute a diagnosis and the MRI findings must be correlated with the patient’s physical exam
When a physician orders an MRI scan, there is specific information that he or she is looking for. Information that is typically gleaned from MRI results include:
Disc height and hydration
Vertebral body configuration
Intervertebral disc - how does the disc appear? Is it normal, bulging, herniated, dehydrated or degenerated?
Spinal canal size - is it sufficient to comfortably accommodate the spinal cord and nerves? Is there spinal cord or nerve root compression?
Nerves - are the nerves “pinched” (compressed) or inflamed anywhere?
Abnormalities - are there any abnormalities near the spine that might simulate spinal pain?
Spinal cord - is the spinal cord normal in physical appearance?
If post-surgery - has anything changed since surgery? Is there another disc herniation, postoperative scarring or infection?
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