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MRI Frequency

ralst4rralst4 Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Spinal Stenosis

I was wondering how your doctor orders an MRI to monitor your back condition? My last MRI was two years ago and my pain has increased over that time.

The results of my last MRI were:

Findings: Developmentaly small lumbar canal secondary to short pedicals, particulaly apparent at the L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels. Tiny Schmorl's nodes at L2-L3 through L4-L-5. Mild loss of intervertebral disk height at the L3-L4 level.

At L2-L3 there is mild facet hypertrophy with ligamentum flavum thickening and a minor broad based posterior protrusion that extends into the inferior formina. There is mild central canal stenosis and mild inferior foraminal narrowing, bilaterally.

At L3-L4 there is mild hypertrophy bilaterally with a mild broad based posterior disk protrusion that extends into the inferior foramina. There is mild bilateral inferior foraminal narrowing and mild central canal stenosis.

At L4-L5 there is mild bilateral facet degenerative change. Minimal broad based posterior protrusion with mild effacement of the anterior thecal sac and mild bilateral inferior foraminal narrowing, left greater than right.

At L5-S1 there is mild right sided facet degeneration and mild bilateral foraminal narrowing.


  • Usually they order an MRI if they suspect something that they haven't seen before. So if your pain has increased without a known cause they would probably order one. The other test would be a CT.

    Have you seen your doctor in the past two years? And what are they saying?
  • Thanks for the reply Kris. I have been to the doctor and they said that it is just what I should expect with my condition. We have tried medication and have recently been sent to a pain management doctor. I have had two spinal epidurals and have a third scheduled.
  • I recently asked others the same question. http://www.spine-health.com/forum/chronic-pain/how-often-get-mri-or-another-test If there's a change in your condition and more pain or numbness the Dr. usually orders more tests. I hope your injections help. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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