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Monday, April 21, 2014

Cervical (Neck) Spinal Stenosis explained with Color MRI Images

Cervical (Neck) Spinal Stenosis, means a "narrowing of the Nerve Channel in the Neck through which the Spinal Cord travels". This Nerve Channel is also called the "Spinal Canal". The Spinal Canal is made up by the Neck Vertebrae. Each Vertebra has a large opening in its Center. So, when these Vertebrae are stacked on top of each other like they are in our Spine, it creates a long tube, or Nerve Channel. The Spinal Cord travels downward from the base of the Brain through this Nerve Channel.

The Color MRI Image below shows the Spinal Cord in yellow as it travels downward from the Brain through the Spinal Canal. The area outlined in red is where Spinal Stenosis exists. The Spinal Disc (green) between the C-6 and C-7 Vertebrae has degenerated. As a result, bone spurs (red) have formed around the Disc. These bone spurs have grown into the Spinal Canal and are causing narrowing around the Spinal Cord. This is called "Spinal Stenosis".

Sagittal Color MRI demonstrating Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Color MRI of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

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