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Can someone explain in HUMAN terms what my MRI means?

TameraTTTameraT Posts: 2
edited 08/07/2013 - 7:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
Can someone tell me in PLAIN terms what this MRI means. I just got it yesterday.

Mild disc bulge, mild disc desiccation.
Small bilateral neuroforaminal disc protrusion and narrowing and mild central spinal canal narrowing due to disc bulges and minimal facet joint arthopathy.

Mild disc desiccation, mild diffuse disc buldge.
Bilateral neuroforminal left more than right disc protrusions with neuroforaminal narrowing moderate on the left and small on the right. Mild central spinal canal narrowing and mild facet joint arthropathy.

Mild disc desiccation minimal disc bulge and tiny posterior central disc protrusion and minimal central spinal canal narrowing and mild facet joint arthropathy.

1. Mild DJD L3-4 through L4-5
2. Minimal to mild degenerative type central spinal canal narrowing and mild facet joingt arthropathy L3-4 through L4-5 and L5-S1
3. Bilateral neuroforaminal disc protrusion and herniation and neuroforaminal narrowing L3-4 and L4-5 moderate in size with moderate neuroforaminal narrowing on the left.

thank you



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 08/07/2013 - 7:30 AM
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    That being said, the best way to look at an MRI report is the three major Key Words


    MILD which is showing in your report could mean through physical therapy programs and approved medications, you may
    be able to improve from this condition without surgery. HOWEVER, this is only my personal opinion. You should ask your doctor to explain the MRI report in layman terms so that you can fully understand it.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • TameraTTTameraT Posts: 2
    edited 08/07/2013 - 8:40 AM
    Ok Thank you. I will contact him and make an appt to explain it.
  • The internet is rich in resources that define the terms used in your MRI. My MRI had many of the terms you listed as well as a few other terms that you did not list. I used multiple search engines to look up each term. After reading a lot of information I think I finally understand what most of the terms mean in a general sense. For example, tt took me awhile to fully understand the difference between a bulge and a herniated disk. Now that I have a better understanding of the terms, I laugh and my previous lack of understanding. I now can have better conversations with my doctor.

    I believe the forum rules on providing interpretations on MRI results is a good one. A MRI is only one piece of information in a full diagnosis. Your doctor should be able to talk to you about your results and what they mean for you. If your doctor is communications impaired, go to a different doctor to interpret the results. At your option, you can still go to the original doctor for treatment.
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