What Causes Fuzzy MRI images of the Coccyx (Tailbone) in Patients with Coccyx Pain (Tailbone Pain, Coccydynia)?

Someone recently told me online that their treating physician tried to look at the coccyx MRI, to try to find the cause of the person’s coccyx pain (tailbone pain, coccydynia). But the physician reportedly said that the MRI images of the coccyx looked “fuzzy,” so they were not able to see very much detail.

What […]

MRI showing Inflammation around a Distal Coccyx Bone Spur, on T2 and STIR images, in Tailbone Pain

“STIR” images and “T2″ images on MRI are essentially like filter settings where fluid shows up bright. Some amount of fluid is normal, since many of our body tissues contain significant fluid content (for example, our fat cells [adipose] have significant fluid content). Also, we of course have the fluid we call urine within […]

MRI of Broken Tailbone, Coccyx Fracture. See what the Radiologist missed!

MRI of a Broken Tailbone, Coccyx Fracture, Coccyx Pain, Tailbone Pain, Coccydynia

MRI Tips on How To See a Broken Tailbone, Coccyx Fracture. You Can See what the Radiologist Missed! Patrick Foye, M.D. discusses MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) showing of a Broken Coccyx, or Tailbone Fracture. MRI shows a Fractured Coccyx. Radiologists often FAIL to see these abnormalities! The actual VIDEO is at the bottom of this […]

Yellow Highlighter Cured Cancer?!? Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain.

Yellow Highlighter Cured Cancer?!? Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain. The video is at the bottom of this page. Here is the text: I’m going to tell you a story that’s crazy, but true, of how I used a yellow highlighter to cure cancer in my father-in-law and then I’ll tell you how it’s related to tailbone […]

MRI of Pilonidal Cyst causing Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain

What is a Pilonidal Cyst? A pilonidal cyst is a collection of fluid and tissue, which can cause pain in the area of the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). I recently published an online article and video discussing the symptoms and physical exam findings of Pilonidal Cyst. You can see that previous article and previous video […]

How Big is that Coccyx Mass, Cyst, Tumor, or Cancer?

Sometimes I find that my patients with tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia) actually have a mass, cyst, tumor, or cancer either within the tailbone itself or in the nearby tissues. Examples can include pilonidal cyst, retro-rectal hamartoma (tailgut cyst), chordoma (a type of bone cancer that tends to happen at the coccyx and is […]

Tailbone X-Rays (Coccyx X-Rays), NOT Lumbar

The Tailbone (Coccyx) is NOT the Same as the Lumbar Spine. Practically every day, patients with tailbone pain come to see me from around the country or from around the world. Many have faced a similar challenge regarding imaging studies. Specifically, it is unfortunately VERY common that the patient has tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia), […]

Sit-Stand Coccyx / Tailbone X-rays After Coccygectomy?

I was recently asked: Do I order sitting-versus-standing coccyx x-rays for patients who have persistent pain after coccygectomy (surgical removal of the coccyx/tailbone).

MY RESPONSE:

1) First of all, do we know for sure whether the ENTIRE tailbone has indeed been surgically removed?

If we know for sure that the entire tailbone has been […]

Tailbone MRI Versus CT scan for Coccyx Pain

Which is better when evaluating tailbone pain (coccyx pain), an MRI or a CT scan? CT scan can be very good at showing bone, but MRI can show not only bone but ALSO give good definition of soft tissue structures. Some of the soft tissue structures that show up clearly on MRI include: abscess (which […]

Thin Sagittal images for Tailbone MRI or CT scans

MRI and CT scans take images similar to taking a series of slices. Imagine a block of cheese on a slicing machine in a delicatessen. You could slice the block of cheese from left to right, from top to bottom, or from front to back.

In medical imaging, there are different terms for […]

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