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MRI from last yr?? please help

inneedofanswersiinneedofanswers Posts: 14
edited 04/26/2013 - 6:23 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
ok, so i went to a spinal dr yesterday and he wants to do a MRI..i also made an appt with a neurosurgeon, well in order to be seen by the neurosurgeon i needed a mri,my GP did one aug,of 2012 when JUST my back and foot hurt..got the report and im confused?? it states, that the MRI was done without contrast so i assume the nerves would not be as easy to be seen??

it says,
reactive marrow changes are noted about the endplates of L4-L-5?
an annular tear is noted along the posterior aspect of the disc of L4-L-5
the conus medullaris terminates posterior to the L1 level and has no abnormal signal within it.
loss of the signal pn t2-weighted imaging is noted within the L4-L-5 abd l5-s1disc space.

i was told i have stenosis and degentrive disc desease??
im taking this to the neursurgeon! do i want another MRI with contrast??

can someone explain this to me???

god only gives you as much as you can handle!


  • contrast is normally used if someone has had a previous surgery. it helps to better show where scar tissue is around the incision area. it might also be used to look for tumor's or if there is something seen on a previous MRI that requires further testing. your doc would tell you if he feels you need an MRI with contrast.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
  • MRI is done to look at the soft tissues of the body. Contrast as the previous poster mentioned is used when there is previous surgery or other damage that might be better seen with the contrast agent.
    The use of the contrast or not does not preclude the doctor from seeing the spinal nerves as they exit the vertebre.
    We can't offer any opinions on the findings since none of us are doctors, just other patients. Your best bet is to wait until you see the surgeons and ask them to explain the findings to you in terms that you can understand.
    Good luck,
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