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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aditya Ganti M.B.B.S. [2]


MRI spine is diagnostic of spinal cord compression. FIndings include extradural spinal hematoma, abscess or tumor, disk rupture, spinal cord hemorrhage, contusion or edema.[1][2][3][4][5]

MRI Spine

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  • Disc extrusion at C5-C6 with compression of the spinal cord, that shows hyperintense signal alterations on T2.


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