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Can you tell me if there are signs of cancer in my mother's MRI?

Can you tell me if there are signs of cancer in my mother's MRI?

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Answered by

Dr. Vivek Chail

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 28, 2015
Reviewed AtFebruary 2, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I need to have my mother’s MRI read by a radiologist. My mother has had neck pain for at least a year now, and her doctor believes the problem is arthritis, but not sure. My mother went to a physical therapist and had several shots in her neck for pain, but that did not solve the problem. I have sent the files of the MRI.

Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query in detail and have gone through the MRI reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Please find my observations below.

  1. There is a straightening of the cervical spine. Mild degenerative changes are noted in the vertebrae.
  2. There are mild posterior disc bulges at levels C 5 to C 6 and C 6 to C 7.
  3. There is no severe nerve root compression. And might be described as early degenerative changes.
  4. I acknowledge that there is slight nerve root compression at disc level C 5 -to C 6 on the left side. In this region, there is mild thecal sac indentation.
  5. The T 1 and T 2 vertebral signal characteristics are unremarkable.

In conclusion, pain in the neck is possible with this kind of MRI finding and might be considered a finding that is to be managed medically. Surgery is not required in this case as the findings are mild. Physiotherapy and nerve pain relief medicines are the first treatment of choice.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Can you tell me if you see any signs of cancer in the neck area of the MRI?

Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There is limited assessment of the neck region in this MRI scan.

  1. The neck structures including the airway and food passage are normal to the extent visualized.
  2. Base of tongue and epiglottis are normal.
  3. Posterior pharyngeal wall is normal.
  4. No obvious enlarged cervical lymph nodes are seen in the MRI scan.
  5. The prevertebral soft tissues are normal.
  6. Great vessels of the neck are normal bilaterally.
  7. No sign of cancer is visualized in these images.

In conclusion, if she is having any symptoms like change in voice, difficulty in respiration or when swallowing, then additional investigations might be required.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vivek Chail
Dr. Vivek Chail

General Practitioner

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