What do you wear for a spinal MRI?

Do you have to undress for a spine MRI?

The magnet on the MRI is very strong. For your safety, it is LDC’s policy that all patients undress and put on a gown to ensure that we do not get any artifacts from threads or hidden metal in your clothing. Not only for your safety, but we also want to make sure nothing obscures the images.

How long does a spine MRI take?

The test usually takes 30 to 60 minutes but can take as long as 2 hours.

What happens if you move during MRI?

You must lie very still during the scan. If you move, the MRI scan pictures may not be clear. Your primary care physician may order you a mild sedative if you are claustrophobic (afraid of closed spaces), have a hard time staying still, or have chronic pain.

Can you wear pants during an MRI?

Please wear comfortable clothing. Cotton, polyester, and wool are best. Don’t worry about the snaps or zippers on pants, as that metal can be allowed into the scanning facility. If you have questions about these procedures, please feel free to contact the study coordinator.

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Can MRI results be seen immediately?

This means it’s unlikely you’ll get the results of your scan immediately. The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you. It usually takes a week or two for the results of an MRI scan to come through, unless they’re needed urgently.

What will an MRI of the lumbar spine show?

It can assess the disks to see whether they are bulging, ruptured, or pressing on the spinal cord or nerves. MRI of the lumbar spine can be useful in evaluating symptoms such as lower back pain, leg pain, numbness, tingling or weakness, or problems with bladder and bowel control.

Do you have to lay flat for an MRI?

Nearly all MRI studies of the spine require the supine position. There are some upright MRI scanners, but they are very few and quite widespread geographically. It is not at all unusual for people with back pain to have pain when lying down, in a scanner or elsewhere.

When do you need an MRI for back pain?

Your doctor might recommend an MRI if he or she suspects that your low back pain is caused by something more serious than muscle strain. This may be the case if: Your history and physical examination show signs of a serious problem, such as a fracture, tumours, infection, or nerve damage. You are older than 70.