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Anyone know what a successful fusion looks like on Xray?

I know we cant so any diagnosing...just curious if anyone knows what to look for on Xray to see if fusion started. Also, if anyone knows how I can upload an image from my computer rather than a website, PLEASE help me out! Peace, Ellen
3 level fusion L3-S1 July 23, 2012


  • I understand that it will look like cotton on an X-ray.
    US Army Retired
    Olympia WA
  • From what I have learned as a two level fusion patient, a successful fusion on xray looks like $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 01/26/2013 - 10:31 AM
    My surgeon said unless you are a very thin person, a fusion is not "totally" visable on an X-Ray, you can see the "cotton" stuff forming, but to tell if the fusion is complete you need a CT Scan. I have schedule my CT for that purpose. Good luck.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Like a Unicorn ;-)

    ....seriously though, look for white that is more white than gray, but a CT is your only real way, but even then some folks can't read them all that well. See my sig, its why I had to find surgeon #2.
    Jun 2011 -TLIF @L5-S1
    Mar 2012 -NonUnion @L5S1
    May 2012 -Multi Level Discography
    July 2012 -XLIF 2Cages @L3L4/L4L5
    Aug 2012 -All New Hardware @L34L45/L4L5/L5S1
    Mar 2013 -FBSS = Pain Management until they figure it out.
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