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Conflict between MRI and Bone Density
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nochick posted:
Hi, can you please clarify this for me. I received a copy of my MRI and bone density and they appear to say two different things.

MRI L-Spine w/o Contrast - Impression - 02/12/2001
1.2.8 generalized disc bulge and L4-5 with slight thecal sac compression. The disc is dehydrated. A degenerative fissure in annulus is present.
2. The lumbar spine is otherwise normal

Bone Density - Impression - 11/11-/2010
1. Very advanced osteopenis of the lumbar spine with a T-score of -2.42.
2. Mild ostepenia of the femoral necks with a T-score of -1.1 which is borderline normal.
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bonebabe responded:
Two separate kinds of tests. The MRI looks at soft tissue, as in your bulging disc.

The DXA looks only at the bone and measures the amount of calcium in it determining the strength of the bone. It is the only test available to give you an accurate picture of your bone density.


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