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MRI Results

I got the results of my MRI yesterday. I don’t understand much of it, but do understand that my nerve roots are being “pinched” and it was recommended that I get cervical epidural injections. For some reason, this freaks me more than the damn MRI!

The results are as follows:

“IMPRESSON:

1. Limited examination secondary to patient motion and susceptibility artifact from dental braces. (I get this, I have braces and they caused some distortion)
2. Multilevel cervical spondylosis, without significant cord flattening or central stenosis throughout the cervical spine.
3. Multilevel neural foraminal narrowing, most significant bilaterally at C6-C7.
4. Straightening of the cervical lordosis.

COMMENT: History: 34-year-old female with neck pain radiating into the right upper extermity for 2 months.

Comment: MRI of cervical spine was performed a 1.5 Tesla utilizing the standard imaging protocol without contrast. Comparison is made with radiographs from 8/7/2007.

Please note this examination is limited secondary to patient motion. (HUH? I *couldn’t* move!) In addition, there is moderate susceptibility artifact related to dental braces.

There is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. The cervical vertebral bodies are normal in height and signal. There is no marrow edema. The posterior fossa of the brain is grossly unremarkable and the cervical spinal cord is grossly normal in size and signal.

Axial images are limited by motion.

At C2-C3, susceptibility artifact somewhat obscures this level. There is no disc herniation, central stenosis, or neural foraminal narrowing. There is no cord flattening.

At C3-C4, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex eccentric to the left that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is no neural foraminal narrowing.

At C4-C5, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is no definite neural foraminal narrowing.

At C5-C6, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is mild right neural foraminal narrowing secondary to uncovertebral joint spurring.

At C6-C7, there is a small posterior disc osteophyte complex that indents the thecal sac without cord flattening or central stenosis. There is moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing secondary to uncovertebral joint spurring.

At C7-T1, there is no significant abnormality.”

Greek to anyone else or is it just me? I can follow a bit of it…bone spurring, narrowing, but what the hell is “cervical spondylosis”?

OY

Drs are from another planet…

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