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Interesting Dexascan

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I had laminectomies at L2-3, L3-4, and L4-5 for spinal decompression earlier this year. There was no change except for increased back pain.

Last week I had a dexascan, which measures bone density of the spine to check for osteoporosis. It is a routine test for women over 50.

The tech told me that there was something in my back pocket, probably a coin. My pockets were empty. There on the screen was a round object right next to one of the vertebrae of my lumbar spine. It was nothing from my clothing. I got a copy of my operative report faxed to me and there was no supportive or other device purposely left behind during my surgery.

Any ideas? I'm impatient waiting for the report to be mailed to my PCP who will then send me a postcard with the findings. Thanks.


  • Hi Avalon.

    OMG, I'm sorry but that just cracked me up. Again, I'm sorry. Just a little giggle, no gafawing or anything like that.

    Anyway, I have nothing to tell you because I've never heard of this happening before, but I'm anxious to find out what the heck it is. I'd be impatient, too. Does the area hurt? Did they have ANY idea what it could be?

    Good luck and I hope it's nothing serious.
  • The report of my dexascan was harder to get than the President's cell phone number. Unfortunately it yielded no information--just that the results from the lumbar section of the scan were "invalid" (because of my laminectomy). Nuts!
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