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CT Scan Results - Can anyone please translate?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am currently away from work due to neck pain. I have had a CT Scan (Cervical Spine) but can make no sense of the report. If somebody could be kind enough to explain in english the following I would greatly appreciate it:

- mild scoliosis convex to the left in the mid cervical spine
- minimal diffuse annalus bulging at C4-5 with mild changes at C5-6
- mild to moderate size focal left posterolateral extension of the C6-7 disc with pressure effect to theca on the left side

I am feeling numbness in my left arm and occasionally dizziness/nausea/weakness wash over me making driving a scary prospect.

Thanks in advance


  • Hi and welcome to Spine Health. I can't help you with the CT translation since I'm not a radiologist, but I thought I'd at least welcome you to the forum.

    Do you have an appointment with a specialist to go over the results of your scan? Are you currently being treated for your spine? It can all be quite overwhelming initially.

    Take care,

  • My doctor has not referred me to a specialist yet which is a concern as my employer's insurance company is sending me to one and their only concern is that I get straight back to work regardless of my condition.

    I think I need to seek a more thorough doctor (I'm in Australia and our WorkCover system is slanted in favour of the employer).

    I would love to go back to work but only when I'm sure that the problem wont be exacerbated.

    Treatment is currently physiotherapy but it is not helping after eight months.

    Thanks "C"

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  • Cool,

    We are in similar time zones! I live in Japan and am on JST (Japan Standard Time). There's a few members that I've seen post who are from Australia, so that should be good in regards to someone who understands your healthcare system. I am under US military healthcare, so it's quite different.

    I completely understand not wanting to exacerbate the problem. All of your symptoms could easily be a c-spine issue, but I'm just saying that from my own experience with the same symptoms. They could also be something totally unrelated too. That's why it's utmost important that a qualified physician look at your results for you.

    Okay, I'm grasping at straws here, but in Australia, can you pay a doctor to just interpret your CT results for you? In Okinawa, a person can walk into a place like a sports medicine clinic and pay about $150 for an MRI and then if there's a doctor available, pay to have it read. So I'm just wondering if there's "ways to expedite" your situation.

  • I have made an appointment with a new doctor for Monday, so hopefully he can refer me to a specialist (and interpret the jargon for me)

    We dont need to pay a doctor to interpret as I can bill the insurer for the appointment, and have decided to do so (It's not like they are happy with me anyway).

    Thanks for your responses. Just being able to 'get it out' and talk with someone without an ulterior motive has helped to clarify things.

  • Ahhh but I do have and ulterior motive! That is to see if I can make you feel welcomed and help you out in any way. Devious I know. =))

    Cool that you have been able to make an appointment on Monday! Most excellent. Even better that you can bill it to the insurance company. Hey they take our money without even batting an eye, so why should we not turn around and have them pay up for all that we've paid in!!!

    You can vet any time any day. I hope this works out for you. Let me know how it goes.
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