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Lumbar Spine MRI without contrast:
Findings: There is mild dextrocurvature of the lumbar spine. The disc spaces are preserved. The marrow signal is within normal limits. The conus medullaris is appropriately situated at the L1 level.
Axial Levels: The axial levels from T12-L1 through L5-S1 are unremarkable. No siginificant spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing detected.
Impression: Mild dextrocurvature of the lumbar spine,otherwise unremarkable lumber spine MRI.

Cervical Spine MRI Without Contrast
Findings: There is significant motion artifact, which degrades the cervical spine images. There is straightening of the cervical spine. There is mild disc desiccation at several levels. The disc spaces appear to be preserved. The spinal cord cannot be adequately assessed reguarding morphology and signal characteristics.
Axial Levels:
C2-C3 and C3-C4: Normal
C4-C5: There appears to be a broad-based disc osteophyte complex with a slightly more conspicuous left lateral component. This results in moderate narrowing of the spinal canal with effacement of the anterior and posterior portions of the thecal sac to the left of midline. The AP dimension of the spinal canal measures approximately 7 mm off midline to the left and 8 mm off midline to the right. No significant neural foraminal narrowing detected.
C5-C6: Negative
C6-C7: Negative
C7-T1: Negative
Impression: There appears to be a broad-based disc osteophyte complex at C4-C5 as detailed above. The presence of a spinal cord abnormality cannot be excluded.
MRI Of The Thoracic Spine Without Contrast:
Findings: There is a mild levocrvature of the thoracuc spine. The marrow signal is unremarkable. The disc spaces are preserved. The spinal cord demonstrates normal morphology an signal characteristics. The axial levels from C7 through L1 are unremarkable. No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing detected.
Impression: Mild levocurvature of the thoracic spine,otherwise negative T-spine MRI>
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replied January 22nd, 2009
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hi littlebit5505 sorry to hear of your health troubles.



"There is mild dextrocurvature of the lumbar spine. The disc spaces are preserved. The marrow signal is within normal limits. The conus medullaris is appropriately situated at the L1 level."

Dextrocurveture this indicates you have scoliosis which is a sideways curvature of the spine, dextro indicates the curve bends to the right. The conus medullaris is where the spinal cord turns into many different branches in your case its normal.



"Axial Levels: The axial levels from T12-L1 through L5-S1 are unremarkable. No siginificant spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing detected."


This is good the spinal canal and the channels where the nerve roots exit the vertebral column from are open and there is no compression of the nerves showing on the MRI in the lumbar area.


"There is significant motion artifact, which degrades the cervical spine images. There is straightening of the cervical spine. There is mild disc desiccation at several levels. The disc spaces appear to be preserved. The spinal cord cannot be adequately assessed regarding morphology and signal characteristics."



Sounds like you may have moved around a bit while the MRI was being taken, and this has affected the quality of the images. Straightening of the cervical spine means the normal curve that is in peoples necks that is convex to the front is absent in your neck. disc desiccation means that there is alack of moisture in your disks.



Axial Levels:
C2-C3 and C3-C4: Normal
C4-C5: There appears to be a broad-based disc osteophyte complex with a slightly more conspicuous left lateral component. This results in moderate narrowing of the spinal canal with effacement of the anterior and posterior portions of the thecal sac to the left of midline. The AP dimension of the spinal canal measures approximately 7 mm off midline to the left and 8 mm off midline to the right. No significant neural foraminal narrowing detected.
C5-C6: Negative
C6-C7: Negative
C7-T1: Negative


At C4-C5 in your neck there is an osteophyte complex which is an abnormal growth of bony spurs around the margin of the disc its slightly worse on the left its causing a narrowing of the spinal canal, and its wearing away the thecal sac which is one of the membranes that surrounds the spinal cord. the neural foramina are the holes in the vertebra that the nerves coarse out of.


"MRI Of The Thoracic Spine Without Contrast:
Findings: There is a mild levocrvature of the thoracuc spine. The marrow signal is unremarkable. The disc spaces are preserved. The spinal cord demonstrates normal morphology an signal characteristics. The axial levels from C7 through L1 are unremarkable. No significant spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing detected."


The only thing wrong with your Thoracic spine is a levocurvature, which is scoliosis that curves to the left.


good luck littlebit5505
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replied November 21st, 2011
mri interpretation of lumbar spine
is this site still in function? i just had a a mri and left with the photo disk. However, i can not get to my doctor for 3 weeks fom him to read it. Anyone wanna give it a shot?
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replied January 14th, 2011
MRI Lumbar Spine w/o constrast
MRI Lumbar spine without contrast
Impression: Degenerative disc disease changes and facet joint arthrosis, most pronounced at L4-L5 level with evidence of disc herniation. What are they actually saying PLEASE
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replied January 15th, 2011
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hi jersy
Degenerative disc disease is a gerneral term used to describe any unhealthy changes in the disks between the vertabrea

The facet joints are a pair of small joints at the back of the vertabrea in your case you have arthritis in them it is most pronounced at the second bottom joint in your spine.

there is also evidence that the disc has ruptered at his level meaning it has split open it does not say whether the jelly like substance in the center of the disc has been expelled out of the disc.

Good luck
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replied January 16th, 2011
thank you for your response--Taking report and files to the Rothman Institute in Philly to see what is the next step
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replied September 1st, 2015
MRI results
Had an MRI on my spine. This was the results. Any information in what it means, I will truly appreciate it! Thanks!

Levocurvature is again seen at lumbar levels with minimal superimposed retrolisthesis of L4 on L5 and no acute fractures or dislocations identified. Zones of marrow edema involving the endplates adjacent to the L4-5 displaced are most prominent anteriorly and to the left of midline and small Schmorl's nodes are seen involving inferior plates of L3 and L4. The distal cord conus are normal in configuration signal characteristics L2-3 desiccation and broad-based post disc bulge without focal protrusion at with a tiny annular fissure seen along the posterior disc margin midline canal and neural foramina adequate at L2-3
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T12-L1, L1-2: Unremarkable.
L2-3: There is disc desiccation and broad-based posterior disc bulging without focal protrusion with a tiny annular fissure also seen along the posterior disc margin in the midline. The spinal canal and neural foramina are adequate at L2-3.
L3-4: There is disc desiccation and broad-based posterior disc bulging at this level is more prominent to the left of midline with associated annular fissure also seen along the posterior disc margin left of midline combining with moderate facet arthropathy to produce canal stenosis (AP canal dimension 7-8 mm) and bilateral effacement of the subarticular recesses. Neural foramina appear adequate bilaterally at L3-4.
L4-5: Suspected postsurgical defect involves the posterior elements at L4-5. There is loss of disc space height and disc desiccation and there is uncovering and broad-based posterior disc bulging seen accompanied by endplate osteophyte formation in association with the grade 1 retrolisthesis of L5 upon S1 which combines with facet arthropathy to produce canal stenosis (AP canal dimension 7-8 mm) and bilateral obliteration of the subarticular recesses with mass effect on the traversing right and left L5 roots. L4 neural foramina appear adequate bilaterally.
L5-S1: No significant disc bulge or protrusion at the lumbosacral junction. The spinal canal and neural foramina are adequate at this level.
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