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Can anyone help me with this.i dont see the dr and would like to know if anyone can help me understand what this means

Sagittal and axial images were obtained emphasizing T1 and T2

There is homogeneous marrow signal in the thoracic vertebra except
for the T8 vertebra. There are scattered small foci of fat signal
within the T8 vertebral body. There is more extensive bright signal
in the right pedicle of T8 and the posterior lamina and facets. This
also appears to be fat signal and is of uncertain etiology. This
could be due to a vertebral hemangioma although they usually do not
involve the posterior elements to this degree. The thoracic spinal
cord is normal in caliber and homogeneous in signal intensity. No
stenosis or cord impingement is seen. There is noted to be mild
degenerative disc disease with disc narrowing of the T6-T7 disc and
small endplate Schmorl's nodules. The remainder of the thoracic discs
appear well maintained in height and fluid signal with no herniation
or stenosis seen. The conus is at the L1 level.


1. Mild degenerative disc disease of the T6-T7 disc.
2. Normal appearance of the thoracic spinal cord.
3. Foci of abnormal signal in the T8 vertebra as described above. If
clinically indicated a bone scan could be helpful in further


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/23/2014 - 8:54 PM
    There is nobody on the forum qualified or allowed to interpret an MRI this is something you need to discuss with your doctor


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • First off, don't panic........secondly, when do you return to see the doctor? He can go over the results with you and explain the findings to you. He will probably order more testing and possibly refer you to a spine surgeon for a consult, but that does not mean that you need surgery, nor that there is anything seriously wrong. It's just that spine surgeons are best equipped to evaluate and come up with a treatment plan for spine conditions......Give your doctors office a few days to get the report and contact you, and don't panic. There are lots of scary looking words in those reports, but most of them don't mean nearly anything as scary as we tend to think. They are just anatomical terms. Hang in there.
  • Sandi is right! Don't panic. If you are in pain stay cool. If you aren't dont do anything stupid til you see an expert. Meantime I think I am within the Law in suggesting you Google the words and phrases you don't understand until you build a picture of whats happened to you. Best wishes
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