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MRI, a bit confused

I just had an MRI and got the results back. I'm a bit confused that what the report says doesn't match what my doctor said. She actually said what I have isn't that bad. From what I am reading on the report I have 2 herniated disks with tears and possible bilateral L5 spondylolysis, (stress fracture?) The doctor never told me the disks were herniated, just that I have a tear.

I have sciatica and tremendous low back pain on both sides.
Can someone read the MRI report and tell me what they think?

Exam Number: 17206294 Report Status: Final
Type: MRILSpnBoneWO
Date/Time: 07/25/2014 14:56
Ordering Provider:

LBP>6 weeks -

Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine was performed WITHOUT
intravenous contrast using standard department protocols.


There is minimal retrolisthesis of L4 on L5 with mild anterolisthesis
of L5 on S1. The vertebral alignment is otherwise normal.

The bone marrow is normal in signal without evidence of fracture or
marrow replacing lesion.

The conus is normal in appearance and terminates at the level of L1-2.

There are possible bilateral pars interarticularis defects at L5.


L1-2: There is no significant disc abnormality. No spinal canal and
neural foraminal stenosis. Mild bilateral facet arthropathy.

L2-3: There is no significant disc abnormality. No spinal canal and
neural foraminal stenosis. Mild bilateral facet arthropathy.

L3-4: There is no significant disc abnormality. No spinal canal and
neural foraminal stenosis. Mild bilateral facet arthropathy.

L4-5: There is a broad-based disc bulge and moderate bilateral facet
arthropathy. There may be a small right paracentral annular tear. No
significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis.

L5-S1: There is a broad-based disc bulge with an annular tear with
severe bilateral facet arthropathy resulting in mild bilateral neural
foraminal narrowing. No significant spinal canal stenosis.

Multilevel degenerative disc disease most pronounced at L5-S1 where
there is a disc bulge with an annular tear. No significant spinal
canal and neural foraminal stenoses. Multilevel facet joint
degenerative changes are also noted, which are most pronounced at

Possible bilateral L5 spondylolysis.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,836
    about interpretation/analysis of diagnostic tests such as MRIx, X-Rays, CT-Scans, etc
    No one on this site is medically qualified to provide such information.

    Put that aside, any diagnostic test has 3 keywords to look for
    Moderate Severe

    The colors associated with those key words tells it all

    Your doctor should be your sole valid source to get this information from, anything else is speculation.
    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
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