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Old 10-02-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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Question will an MRI show nerve damage or anything else aside from disc herniation ?

...What does an MRI show exactly? Do i need something else to detect scarred tissue etc? Thanks for the help

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Old 10-02-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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Re: will an MRI show nerve damage or anything else aside from disc herniation ?

It shows "soft tissues" it will show the discs and if they are pressing on nerves or appear to be narrowing the spaces where the nerves exit. Unfortunately the MRI does not tell where the source of pain is being generated unless you have a very clear one level problem. Some MRI results may look bad on film and be asymptomatic for now. But if you are having pain it is an excellent tool to see if there is spinal cord compression. However it is just one of many imaging tools. And there are times when things do not show up on an mri but are still there. There are additional tests of course to determin nerve damage.

Old 10-02-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
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Re: will an MRI show nerve damage or anything else aside from disc herniation ?

They were not sure of any problem until i had a discogram. The mri showed a protrusion. All I can say is the mri felt better than the discogram.

Old 10-02-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Re: will an MRI show nerve damage or anything else aside from disc herniation ?

For nerve damage you need to have a EMG done.

Old 10-03-2005, 04:19 AM   #5
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Re: will an MRI show nerve damage or anything else aside from disc herniation ?


A MRI doesn't always show everything,it depends on how its done.I've had one done standard,one done with contrast and now having one done with radiation.

I've had 3 EMG's and the first 2 MRI's are not adding up to the EMG's.With the radiation it gives a more in depth picture to exactly what is causing the nerve compressions,it'll show more of the scar tissue's ,lesions(which is scar tissue on the spinal cord or nerve endings)cysts, tumors.I don't know why they don't use this type of MRI more often.It's a very safe and effective source of seeing a clearer picture.
But I know it's fairly new.It's guicker too.


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