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Normal Axial MRI of the Lumbar Spine

(Left) T1-weighted image; (Right) T2-weighted image. Note on the T1 scan, that the arrow points to an exiting nerve root in the intervertebral foramen.  On the T2 image of the right, note that the CSF is bright.  The arrow points to the cross section of thecal sac where the descending nerve roots, known as the cauda equina, are easily seen. Also note that on both T1 and T2, fat is bright (look in the muscles) whereas fluid is dark on T1 and bright on T2.


Revised 09/13/05.
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