mri showing a slipped disc
This scan shows older discs that are less well hydrated and thus appear black. The highlighted area shows that a disc has herniated or slipped into the spinal canal. This is likely to be associated with a great deal of pain in the back and leg
Before and after a discectomy
Pic1 above shows a patient with a slipped disc between L4 and L5, The obvious disc bulge is putting pressure on the L5 nerve root, Pic2 shows the appearance a year after the patient underwent a discectomy to remove the disc herniation.
A further example of a slipped disc. The picture on the left shows the disc bulging towards the spinal canal. The two smaller pics are cross sections through the disc bulge and then through a normal part of the back