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Help deciphering MRI report

CharlesintexasCCharlesintexas Posts: 1
edited 09/11/2014 - 2:41 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello to everyone! I have been a long time back pain sufferer and finally went to my GP to have my back checked out. I have not been able to walk very well lately so I figured it was time to get serious about this. I had an MRI w/o contrast and I am having trouble figuring out what all of this medical terminology, written in the report, boils down to. I know I hurt and my doctor gave me some pain medication plus prescribed physical therapy but I am curious as to what is actually happening in my back sine I was not really given much of an explanation. If anyone can help me figure out what all of this means then I would really be appreciative. I am going to type out exactly how the report reads. Here goes...

T1 and T2 sagittal sections are combined with T2 axial sequences. There is degenerative disc disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1.

L4-L5: Partial disc dehydration. Minimal broad based posterior disc bulging. No evidence of focal disc protrusion or extrusion. No evidence of foraminal stenosis.

L5-S1; Disc dehydration. Intervertebral disc space narrowing. Small superior endplate Schmorl node at S1. Broad based posterior central disc protrusion with probable annulus tear. This is contained under the posterior longitudinal ligament. There is no evidence of foraminal involvement or migrating disc.

Disc levels from T12-L4 are normal. There is an additional small endplate Schmorl node involving the supperior endplate of L1.

There is no evidence of dural based mass. The conus medullaris has a normal appearance. The terminal thecal sac has a normal appearance.

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