Re: Can someone help with my MRI results
Just based on the radiologist's report, I'd have to agree with the doc that it's "unremarkable".
<< "with enroachment to the ventral subarachnoid space" >>
The subarachnoid space is that space between the membrane surrounding the brain and the brain itself. This continues down the spinal canal, with the SS being between the membrane (the thecal sac) and the spinal cord. The SS should be filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and - in the spine - surves as a buffer between intrusions (such as disk bulges) and the spinal cord.
The radiologist thinks that you have disks bulging backward into the SS. At C3-4, the bulge crosses the SS (in front, at least, the "ventral" side) and touches the spinal cord. The next three levels down have disk bulges into the SS, but not far enough to reach the cord.
Maybe I'm missing something (if I am, the ordering doc is too), or maybe the radiologist missed something, but I'd even go so far as to call your MRI "benign". Perhaps not so good for a 26-year-old, though. You need to keep on top of it, as you may develop real cervical spinal problems quite a bit earlier than most people do.
Last edited by WebDozer; 01-28-2013 at 11:49 AM.