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What happens after a spine MRI scan?

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After a spine MRI, you can go back to your normal activities right away. But if you needed medicine to relax before the test, you’ll need to wait until it wears off.

Sometimes contrast dye can cause side effects. You might feel nauseated or have a headache, or you might have some pain where the dye was injected. An allergic reaction to the dye is rare. But if you get hives, itchy eyes, or any other symptoms, tell your radiologist right away.

From: Spine MRI: Why and How It's Done WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- Spine.”

North American Spine Society: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRI.”

American College of Radiology Imaging Network: “About MRI Scans.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- Spine.”

North American Spine Society: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRI.”

American College of Radiology Imaging Network: “About MRI Scans.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 06, 2018

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