What shows up on a spine MRI?
An MRI of the lumbar spine shows the bones, disks, spinal cord, and the spaces between the vertebral bones where nerves pass through.
Why would a doctor order an MRI of the spine?
Your doctor may recommend an MRI to better diagnose or treat problems with your spine. Injury-related pain, disease, infection, or other factors could be causing your condition. Your doctor might order a spine MRI if you have the following symptoms: Injury to your lower spine.
How long does a spine MRI take?
The test usually takes 30 to 60 minutes but can take as long as 2 hours.
Does MRI show inflammation?
MRI allows to assess the soft tissue and bone marrow involvement in case of inflammation and/or infection. MRI is capable of detecting more inflammatory lesions and erosions than US, X-ray, or CT.
Do muscle knots show up on MRI?
Trigger points do not show up on X-ray, CT, or MRI. They can’t be detected with a blood test. Trigger points are diagnosed by feeling for them. Trigger points can not be cured with the traditional approach of muscle relaxers, anti-depressants, or pain pills.
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 can be diagnosed by MRI?
MRI can detect a variety of conditions of the brain such as cysts, tumors, bleeding, swelling, developmental and structural abnormalities, infections, inflammatory conditions, or problems with the blood vessels. It can determine if a shunt is working and detect damage to the brain caused by an injury or a stroke.