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osteophytes,bone spurs,spondylosis

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anyone who has osteophytes or spondylosis had images taken on ct scan with contrast ? If so, is ct a better picture of bone spurs than mri? Thanks...


  • Hi Andrea,

    My mom recently broke her hip and a Ct scan was used to confirm the broken hip from arthritis. So I would think a CT scan would be of more use on more dense things such as bone. My fusion was confirmed as well with a CT scan. However as disc are not as dense they used MRI to show the disc. MRI's are also three deminsional studies.
  • Thanks for your reply TamTam.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    a CT scan will provide you more information for denser materials.
    In the past, CT Scans and X-Rays have shown the most detail when it comes to bone spurs and arthritis.
    My recent MRI's show arthritis but not in details. I had a bone scan done about a year ago and they provided a good amount of detail regarding arthritis (at least from the pictures I was looking at)
    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
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