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fusion progressing? how to tell ?

After a 360 fusion, or any fusion for that matter-how does the Dr tell if the fusion is starting, progressing, etc ?  

What kind of imaging would show this or again how can they tell ?  
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    Hey Drunken Mouse...

    A trained doctor can look at an x-ray and have a pretty good idea of your fusion progress.  It there are questions a CT scan can give more details. The fusion area (disc area) will start to look like bone... a layman can kinda see it but it's not so obvious. 

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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