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Question about MRI report

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had an mri of my cervical spine and the report shows a lot of findings that I won't go into right now. It says that I have a hemangioma in my left L4 facets. Where is L4? I thought that L4 was in the lower back? I hope I don't sound too stupid. Anyone know what this is? Thanks all.


  • L4 is your lower back. It is your lumbar. There should be a diagram on SH somewhere that has the levels of the spine. Next down is L5 then the lowest is S1. I can't give you any advice or diagnosis of your MRI as I don't even know where to begin and it's against SH rules because we are not medical professionals.

    I hope I have helped in some way. Sorry I couldn't help more.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    That's where I thought it was. I wonder why it was on the report for the cervical spine? I thought that since it was a cervical mri that was all it would show? Thanks again. I hope you're doing well.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Some good info there...Thanks Paul. Like I was telling Michele, I just wondered why it was included in the cervical report?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    that is the way we learn

    Here is map of the Spinal Column


    The spinal column is broken down into 3 major areas:
    Cervical C1 down to C8
    Thoracic T1 down to T12
    Lumbar L1 down to L5

    Then there are also the Sacral area S1 to S5

    When we injure a disc, the particular level (always identified as in pairs - L4/L5, so its really the disc
    between vertebrates L4 and L5.

    The Spine-Health site also contains details about various conditions of the spine along with videos

    Spine Anatomy

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I appreciate your time. Hopefully my myelogram/ct and other x-rays will explain why I'm in such pain. I hate the reason behind being on this site but I'm glad to have ran into such nice people as the ones on here. Misery loves company right?
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