On MRI films, look for white or light gray spots on the disc herniation, meniscal tear or rotator cuff tendon tear.  That is an indication of a traumatic rupture or a tear.  It is either fluid from swelling or blood product left over from a traumatic rupture.

Progressive of Spinal Disc Injuries

The middle of healthy discs are white or light gray while the outer walls of discs are black.  The inner disc (Nucleus) is the jelly-like shock absorbing part with a lot of fluid content and is walled in by denser black cartilage (Annulus).  White streaks in the outer annulus are annular tears.  As fluid leaks out of discs, the center of the discs become darker.  The inner nucleus also contains an inflammatory chemical that leaks out through annular tears and irritates nerve roots and nerve endings causing pain to alert the patient to the injury.


What to Look for on MRIs for Knees, Wrists, Shoulders.

Healthy menisci in the knee and TFCC in the wrist are dense and black.  Injured or swollen menisci and TFCC are light gray while tears are white streaks.  Healthy tendons and ligaments including the Rotator Cuff or Biceps Tendons are black.  Light gray indicates tendinitis and white streaks indicate tears.

Sometimes only one or two slices in an entire series might show tears, herniations or inflammation.  I can pick out those specific slices that are your client’s “smoking gun” films and clearly illustrate the injuries so that your client’s injuries are easier to see, for as little as $450.00.



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Our goal at Medical Visions, Inc. is to provide you with the best case specific exhibits for your legal team’s needs.

Our injured disc, rotator cuff, wrist and knee case specific exhibits are designed for non-medical jurors to quickly grasp get straight to the point without confusing or distracting clutter.  Elizabeth’s education and extensive illustration experience can ensure that your medical expert’s exhibits are an asset to your case.