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Radiologist reports

Hey everyone, I was wondering if someone here has possibly had similar MRI/x-ray readings. I had a radiologist find narrowing of my neural foramen from C3 to C7 with it being moderately significant at C6-C7, as well as straightening of normal lordotic curvature. Months later I had x-rays ordered, a different radiologist interpreted these images comparing them to the original MRI images. His impression was as followed : Preserved disk space and vertebral body heights with normal alignment. No fracture or instability. Now, where I'm confused is that how can there be narrowing of the neural foramen if there is preserved disk space and vertebral body heights with normal alignment ? Can anyone help me understand how this is possible?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 11/23/2015 - 1:52 AM
    Spine-health forum rules prevent any member from any interpretation of testing.
    And we are not allowed to comment on testing results.

    Your doctor is the one to tell you what it all means as it applies to you.
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    This is the second time my name has changed on this website, is this common?

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  • Just want to know how you could have neural foraminal narrowing with preserved disk space. I'm sure there is an explanation that wont involve commenting on my testing.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,522
    really can only be answered by a medical doctor.

    There are no medical professionals on the forum side of this site. Any answer you would hear would be personal
    opinions and speculation.

    I do find it hard though for them to compare MRI images with X-Ray images. They produce two different type of findings.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • edited 11/23/2015 - 7:10 AM
    Knowing my current diagnosis is spondylosis and reading the following from spine-health.com

    "If the disc as well as the facet joints become painful as a result of degenerative changes in the spine, the condition is often called spondylosis. However, degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis are different conditions and can occur separately: one can have degenerative discs without any facet osteoarthritis; or one can have facet osteoarthritis without degenerative discs."

    I am pretty sure I have facet osteoarthritis, I believe the x-ray report was only looking for something not already found in the MRI report. My conclusion is that facet osteoarthritis was not in the findings of the x-ray report because it fell under my current diagnosis of spondylosis.

    I know I am not an expert, you don't have to agree with me, I am just simply venting out my thoughts and frustration.
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