Spine MRI Scan
Spine MRI scans evaluate the health of your thoracic, lumbar, and cervical spine to diagnose any chronic pain or to evaluate the severity of a spinal injury. A spinal MRI uses cross-sectional images to create a comprehensive visualization of your spine and vertebrae. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we strive to provide the best in spinal imaging and radiology in NYC.
What is a spine MRI scan?
A spinal MRI scan creates a representation of your spinal column to assess and diagnose any symptoms or conditions. There are three main areas of your back, which include your thoracic spine, lumbar spine, and cervical spine. Your thoracic spine includes your upper back and abdomen, whereas your lumbar spine includes your lower back. The cervical spine is the portion of your spine that makes up your neck region.
What can a back MRI scan help diagnose?
Your physician may order an MRI of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, or lumbar spine to assess you spinal anatomy and alignment prior to surgery. Our radiologists are also able to detect congenital anomalies of the vertebrae or spinal cord with a spinal MRI scan. Our radiologists can assess herniated discs, sciatic nerve pain, and degenerative disc disease. A lumbar MRI scan can help diagnose multiple sclerosis, brain cancer, or spinal cancer. Medical resonance imaging can also help gauge the severity of a spinal injury, birth defect, or lower back pain. Many of the same medical conditions that can be diagnosed through a lumbar MRI scan can be evaluated through a thoracic spinal MRI scan. Finally, a cervical spine MRI scan can help detect vascular conditions such as an aneurysm or herniated discs. Tumors, or conditions of the soft tissue, joint, or bone can also be diagnosed through a cervical spine MRI scan.
What can I expect from a spine MRI scan?
A spine MRI scan may be ordered to evaluate any signs of a bone infection, fracture from osteoporosis, scoliosis, low back pain, leg weakness, arthritis, and more. During your spinal MRI scan, you may receive contrast dye or fluid, which can help our radiologists to better visualize the different components of your spinal column. You will lie down on the table and slowly enter the MRI machine. It is important to remain still during your spinal MRI scan so that clear, accurate images can be taken. Our modern MRI machines have a foot of headroom to lessen any feelings of anxiety or claustrophobia. Additionally, you will be able to speak to a radiologist through a built-in speaker within the MRI machine if you have any questions or concerns. We also encourage you to bring your own music to listen to during your spine MRI. If you feel unwell or uncomfortable, you may request to exit the machine and pause the test.
How long does a spine MRI scan take, and when will I get my results?
Most spinal MRI scans can be completed in forty-five to sixty minutes, but the length of your spine MRI scan will vary depending on the area of your scan, if you are having more than one spinal area evaluated, and if you are receiving contrast fluid or dye. The use of a contrast fluid may increase the length of your spine MRI scan by up to fifteen minutes. Our radiologists will immediately begin to process and interpret your results, and a member of our staff will contact your physician as soon as your MRI results are available.
How can I learn more about a spine MRI scan?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a spine MRI scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email email@example.com, or request an appointment online.