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Posted on Mon, 8 Jun 2015
Question: I was in a car accident 2 years ago. I have several herniated disks in c-spine and lumbar, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease, spondylitis on multiple levels, osteophyte complex All this shown on my most recent MRI. It also stated "diffusely diminished T1 signal, and infiltrative marrow process not excluded." What does this mean? I don't see my neurologist for another week and I feel slightly panicked.
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Answered by Dr. Adrian Rawlinson (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probable normal MRI

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

The radiologists often make this comment when reading MRI scans. They dont know you and they havn't examined you.

When they read scans they try to mention all possible diagnoses. In this case they ar suggesting that your doctor has a look at this area of the scan to make sure your bone marrow is OK.

Discuss it with your doc and I'm sure he'll say it's probably normal.

At the end of the day we treat the patient - not the MRI scan!

Best wishes,

Dr Rawlinson.
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Brief Answer: Probable normal MRI Detailed Answer: Hello, The radiologists often make this comment when reading MRI scans. They dont know you and they havn't examined you. When they read scans they try to mention all possible diagnoses. In this case they ar suggesting that your doctor has a look at this area of the scan to make sure your bone marrow is OK. Discuss it with your doc and I'm sure he'll say it's probably normal. At the end of the day we treat the patient - not the MRI scan! Best wishes, Dr Rawlinson.