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  1. #1
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    ? MRI...are they allowed after fusion?

    Hi all,

    It has been years since I have visited this site. I had my surgery 8+ years ago and I am doing great with my back. I have a couple of questions that I am having a hard time finding good answers to, can anyone help me.

    1. I have Stainless Steel rods from T3 to L4 am I allowed to get an MRI on my breast? I thought the surgeon had said MRI's are OK but they may have feedback so maybe not clear. I will have my OBGYN check with my surgeon at the next appointment I am just looking for an idea.

    2. When I was a child having all the scoliosis x-rays from 76 to 81, what are the chances that shields were used on my breasts? I do not remember ever having them covered. I do remember the DR's telling my parents I had more x-rays done than anyone should have in a lifetime but who knows why that was said. How dangerous were x-rays during that time?

    I am trying to see my risk % for breast cancer, I have a bad family history of it with 2 sisters and my mother,(mother and 1 sister passed away from BC and the other sister had Mammo and US all clear, no lump that they could feel, but had has yearly MRI's and they found the cancer then) I also have dense breast, and I am worried about all the x-rays as a child. Recent Mammo and US are not showing lumps that my Dr and others can clearly feel, and we need to decide what to do. Do i wait and see, attempt a MRI, or get a surgical biopsy? I really don't want another surgery and am hoping they can do the MRI.

    Thanks for your thoughts on the MRI and X-rays.
    Patty 51 years old
    Surgery May 23, 2007(43 Birthday)
    Posterior T3- L4
    Pre surgery curves
    T-53degrees
    L-38degrees
    and a severe side shift to the right.
    Post surgery curves
    Less than 10 degrees
    Surgery April, 2006
    C4 - C6

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    MRIS are ok. I actually had one 6 weeks after surgery.

    Stainless steel will cause more noise and artifacts Compared To Titanium. (Artifacts and noise are )basically distortions that makes it hard to see area around the spine) but for you if it's a breast MRI the hardware won't matter.

    I have three titanium rods with cobalt chrome screws aND had no problems getting MRIs done at three different hospitals.
    30 something y.o.

    2003 - T45, L???
    2005 - T50, L31
    bunch of measurements between...

    2011 - T60, L32
    2013 - T68, L?

    Posterior Fusion Sept 2014 -- T3 - L3
    Post - op curve ~35



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    MRI's are fine. You should have no problem.

    Hope you get the news you want

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Thank you both, that actually is a huge relief, I thought it would be okay, and I will still have my Dr. check with the surgeon but at least for now I can breath a little easier.

    I am still curious on the X-rays done in the mid to late 70's and how much radiation exposure there was.
    Patty 51 years old
    Surgery May 23, 2007(43 Birthday)
    Posterior T3- L4
    Pre surgery curves
    T-53degrees
    L-38degrees
    and a severe side shift to the right.
    Post surgery curves
    Less than 10 degrees
    Surgery April, 2006
    C4 - C6

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    Patti

    I hope this helps answer your question about x-rays and their effects on us.....I've been nuked through the years, and I'm still here.


    Radiation Hazards: General

    I have gotten the impression that little is known about the effects of radiation, other than that it is very dangerous. Is this true?

    This is untrue. We probably know more about radiation than any other cancer-producing agent (carcinogen), physical or chemical. Experience goes back about 80 years and the information is probably better documented than that for any other carcinogen. Radiation is, in fact, a relatively weak carcinogen and mutagen.

    It is sometimes suggested that if a person is exposed to radiation he/she will develop cancer or at the least is likely to. Is this true?

    This is untrue. Radiation is not very effective in causing cancer and even in large populations exposed to high doses of radiation the increase over the normal cancer rate is small. For instance, follow-up studies (through 1978) of 82,000 exposed Japanese A-bomb survivors have produced an estimated 250 radiation-induced cancers.

    Can the radiation exposure associated with a diagnostic radiologic procedure be more dangerous than the associated illness?

    This is almost always untrue. For individual patients undergoing radiologic procedures related to illness, the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the risks.


    http://ehs.columbia.edu/RadiationQ&AMC.html

    Ed
    Last edited by titaniumed; 06-28-2015 at 10:00 AM.
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Last edited by LindaRacine; 06-28-2015 at 12:21 PM.
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