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Help reading MRI Report

edited 12/05/2014 - 5:58 PM in Chronic Pain

I need some help understanding my MRI report. Can anyone interpret it into simple terms a brain injured person can understand? I still have significant pain in my back and neck with limited mobility turning my neck to the left.

Thanks, I appreciate any support you can provide.


CLINICAL INDICATION: MVA 2013, persistent neck and back pain, Interfering with adls. Not Including as expected with physiotherapy or rehabilitation

Technique: Mulllplanar multisequence MR Imaging of the entire spine. Sagttal images Included from the posterior fossa to the sacrum and axial Images from C2-C3 level to L1-L2 level and from L3-L4 to mid S1 vertebral body

Outside radiograph of the cervical spine February 13, 2013

Images are slightly degraded by motion artifact.

DISCUSSION: There Is mild reversal of the cervical lordosis, similar to the radiograph, otherwlse the alignment of the vertebral bodies Is preserved. Vertebral bodies height are within normal limits. No bony destructive lesions. The visualized portions of the posterior fossa and the craniocervlcal junction are unremarkable. The cord demonstrates normal signal intensity without evidence of focal lesions or syrinx. The cord ends at L1-L2 level in normal position.

At C5-C6 level: There is mild loss of height of intervertebral disc space. This is associated with a small posterior osteophyte and a circumferential disc bulge that posteriorly abuts the anterior thecal sac without reaching the cord but causes moderate narrowing of both neural foraminas. Bilateral mild facet hyperirophy. The canal measures 10 mm AP.

At C6•C7 level: There Is minimal posterior broad-based disc bulge without compromise of the canal or foramlnas.

At T6-T7 level: Small right paracentral disc protrusion that abuls the right anterior thecal sac without significant Impingement of the canal. No canal stenosis or gliosis of the cord. No narrowing of the neural foramlnas. Small anterior osteophytes.

At T7 T8 level: Osteophyte disc complex. Small left paracentral disc protrusion slightly indenting the antertior wall of the thecal sac and reaching the cord but without gliosis of the cord. No canal stenosis. No narrowing of the neural foraminas. Small anterior osteophytes.

At T8-T9 level: Small, posterior vertebral body right paracentral osteophyte abutting the thecal sac without slgnincant canal stenosis or narrowing of the neural foraminas.

Minimally high T1 and T2 increased signal at the superior corners of the lumbar vertebral bodies, most in keeping with Modic typeIIchanges of the endplates (minor degenerative changes ) • Minimal facet hypertrophy at L5-S1 level.

There Is no compromise of the canal or the foramlnas at any of the other visualized levels. No obvious ligamentous Injury is noted

1. Bilateral moderate narrowing of the neural foraminas al C5-C6 level.
2. Small disc bulges at T6-T7, T7-T8 and T9 and T level as described above. No significant narrowing of the canal, gliosis
of the cord or narrowing of the neural foraminas at these levels.


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