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Broken or loose hardware

maggiemaemmaggiemae Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Can you tell from an MRI if you have broken or loose fusion hardware, or just from an xray?


  • my doc told me after my last MRI that he could see the hardware and that it all looked "normal". So my guess would be that they should be able to tell from either one but I am not 100%. Hope that this helped.

  • I just had an x-ray today and the report says, "6 pedicle screws and 2 segmental rods in satisfactory alignment." - so I think an x-ray at least shows something too.
  • I had MRI and CT scan and doc saw that my screws are loose, gettting redo in 9 days 360 fusion 2 levels. Good luck!
  • I had MRI and CT scan and doc saw that my screws are loose, gettting redo in 9 days 360 fusion 2 levels. Good luck!
  • Hi Dina,

    Been dealing with no meds for what is "assumed" a loose screw from my 01' fusion. I've had severe sciatica & radiculopathy since 95' car wreck... BUT the 2nd opinion dr says it's 'just a screw'. I know it's not, but watching for your post-op recovery before I decide. (The knot next to spine is NOT screw, as it's been there since b4 fusion)

    I'm weighing my options...gonna go see my neurosurgeon who did fusion to see IF I should have 1 particular "loose" screw removed, or what. Please let me know how the "update" goes for you, Ok?

    Hope to hear back from you "after" :)!

    God speed & Thanks!
  • Hi Susan,
    The MRI I had showed my lower screw broke within the bone and you could easily see the details of the screw. Since he went in through my stomach he said it would be life threatening to remove it. He said it still had 3 threads attached and was firm. So it remains holding the plate in me forever. I could even count the threads it was that clear to see the screw.
    I hope you get the help and the answers you need.
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