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Degenerative changes in cervical spine

Case Study
Kennedy, Ben, M.Sc. Qscan Radiology Clinics • Australia

Patient history

A 41-year-old male presented for an MRI exam of the cervical spine at Qscan Radiology Clinics, Southport, Australia.

MR examination

The MRI exam was done on Ingenia 3.0T.

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Images

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Images show degenerative changes at C5/6 and C6/7 with loss of disc space height and osteophytic ridging impressing on the anterior thecal sac. In addition, central spinal canal stenosis results in flattening of the spinal cord without cord edema or myelomalacia. Degenerative osteophytic narrowing of the right C5/6 and left C6/7 neural foramen can be seen at the sites of C5 and C6 nerve roots respectively.

Diagnosis

Degenerative changes at C5/6 and C6/7.

Clinical impact of Ingenia 3.0T in cervical spine imaging

dStream’s high SNR allows exceptional resolution in images of the C-spine, e.g. axial 3D TSE DRIVE with 0.45 x 0.5 x 1.5 mm at 8 cm FOV.

Sensitized flow compensation is used in standard T1 spine imaging, and an optimized refocusing angle allows high contrast between spinal cord and dark CSF. This had been a challenge in early 3T spinal imaging, leading to the requirement of using T1 FLAIR for these images.



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