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Hello All,

I happened upon this site while searching for answers. I went to the doctor's office last week because of pain in my neck. She did an x-ray and didn't like what she saw so she sent me to get an MRI. When I went back to find out what was what, she said that I need another MRI with contrast this time. I asked for a copy of the report because she wasn't telling me anything besides 'get another test'. I should've just went with it because I have been googling some of the terms that I saw in the report and I am VERY scared right now. At any rate, can anyone help me decipher the report from my MRI. I scared an don't know what else to do so here goes.....


There is a straightened and slightly reversed cervical lordosisand there is a mild dextroscoliosisof the cervical spine. There is evidence of of multilevel degenerative disc disease throughout the entire cervical spine from C2 through T2. There is mild disc bulging and spondylosis throughout the cervical region from C2 through T1 After the T2-3 level on the left side, there is a mass of abnormal signal within the spinal canal extending from the nerve root and commencing the thecal sac to a mild degree. This lies within the spinal canal and on the T2 weight sagittal images, has the appearance of a mass lesion that measures 1 cm in superior inferior extent by approximately 7 mm in width. This is een on the T2 weighted sagittal images and also on the axial images. The lesion is of a mixed siganl intensity having some hyperintense foci and some peripheral siganl void. The lesion is intimately related to to the left nueral forameninto which it extends. This change is not completely assessed. I cannot tell whether this is a mass lesion, a disc extrusion or spondylotic change. However, there is no significant spondylotic change anywhere else in the cervical spine. Therefore I think that this is less likely. In this regard, further assessment with correlation with plain radiographs and consideration with postcontrast scan is suggeted. This should help define the lesion better and assess for any abnormal enhancement. The spinal cord is otherwise unremarkable. The craniocervical relations are unremarkable. Bone marrow signal intensity is unremarkable and the surrounding soft tissue structures are unremarkable as visualized.

What the heck does all of that mean? :confused: I just need to know if I'm worrying for nothing.

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