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CAT scan

mukassommukasso Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Is it possible to see a ruptured disc from a CAT scan?


  • Let me preface this by saying: I'm not a medical person, and you need to discuss this with your doctor to determine what the most appropriate tests are for your specific situation.

    CTs are best at visualizing bony structures, so a lot of times radiologists can measure the disc spaces and determine if there is a disc problem. MRI's however allow direct visualization of the disc and are considered to be better for diagnosing ruptured discs. So yes, when you have a CT you can get info about your discs, but the better test for visualizing the discs is usually an MRI.
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