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    Question PLease look at this... MRI question

    OK, so you all may think i'm crazy, but here's a shot of my cervical mri. I know that for a chiari you need a brain mri, but i haven't had one of those yet. I am going to go see a neurologist in two weeks. Does this look like a smallish chiari or am i just imagining things? Someone who knows what to look for, will you look at this? I know that your cerebral tonsils have to be extending through the foramen magnum but i can't figure out where abouts that is... anyways, comments would be great.

    cervical mri

    If you read my previous posts, it tells about my headaches, etc. that i've been having constantly for the past like 2 years.
    aBbiE
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    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
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    Did you find out anything?

    It doesn't look like it to me, but I am no doctor. There are examples on www.asap.org that may help you. I hope not for your sake. Take care.

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    Thumbs down Reading one's own MRI?????

    Radiologists spend YEARS learning how to read films and neuroradiology is a sub-specialty.

    I remember my mom looking at her abdominal x-rays trying to figure out if she had cancer(she did not)--it was gas in her bowel!!!

    Leave it to the experts and you can always get several opinions from other radiologists.
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    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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    ok so i guess it's a bit odd that i'm trying to read my own mri, but i have the whole thing on CD and it's just oh-so-tempting being a premed student (I really don't know anything about reading MRI's besides I figured out how to navigate the viewing program). I guess I was just hoping that someone on here knew what to look for but until then, i have a neurologist appointment on the 8th of August. I'm still open for input, and thanks to those who have commented already.
    aBbiE
    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Kyphoscoliosis...
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
    Fused T2-L2


    before/after pics
    all smiles!

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    I know it's hard not to read your own scans when you have access to them. I do it all the time.. tee hee. Unfortunetely, I know too much for my own good from working with crossectional medical scans for years... I actually ended up being right for some stuff that were missed... that's a long angering story.arg.

    Just try to wait till your appt and don't think about this too much. Like Karen said, you can always ask for a re-read by another radiologist.
    30 something y.o.

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

    2011 - T60, L32
    2013 - T68, L?

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    so I went to a neuro appt yesterday, and didn't mention anything about a chiari just to see what he would say... he didn't see my MRI of my neck but tomarrow i am getting a CT of my head (maybe with contrast, i'm not sure), so does anyone know if i had a chiari if you can see it on a ct? He thought it could either be a really inner ear infection or an inflammatory prob with stress, etc. so we'll see what happens i guess...
    aBbiE
    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Kyphoscoliosis...
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
    Fused T2-L2


    before/after pics
    all smiles!

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