In my last post, I discussed what a heart scan score , or coronary calcium score, means.
You may recall that coronary calcium serves as an indirect gauge, a "dipstick," for the amount of atherosclerotic plaque present in the three coronary arteries. Unlike "risk factors" like high LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, or c-reactive protein, a heart scan score tells you that coronary atherosclerotic plaque, the stuff of heart attack and heart disease, is present and how much.
So, say you have a heart scan score. Perhaps it's even a high value, such as 500. What now?
First of all, don't panic. The vast majority of people who have heart scans are without symptoms. The score signifies that you have some amount of "silent" plaque not causing symptoms. (If you have symptoms of chest pressure, abnormal breathlessness, or similar symptoms, that changes the situation. This will need to be discussed with your doctor and a cause sought, including exploring whether heart disea...
Magnetic resonance imaging - spine; Nuclear magnetic resonance - spine; MRI of the spine; NMR - spine
What abnormal results mean
Spine MRI may reveal disorders such as:
Spinal cord compression
Cervical disk disorders
Lumbar disk disorders
Tumors of the spine
Enlarged lymph nodes
near the spine
Degenerative lesions of the spinal cord
Additional conditions under which the test may be performed:
The sensitivity of MRI depends, in part, on the experience of the radiologist.
Alternative Names Intrathecal scan; Spinal cord scan; CSF flow scan; Cisternogram Normal Values A normal value indicates normal circulation of CSF through all parts of the brain and spinal cord. What abnormal results mean An abnormal study indicates disorders of CSF circulation, including: Hydrocephalus CSF leak Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) Whether or not a CSF shunt is open or blocked
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