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What happens before a spine MRI scan?

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Before some MRIs, you might need a dye injected into a vein in your arm or hand. It helps the doctor more clearly see any infection, tumor, or disk problem in your spine. The dye often used in MRIs is called gadolinium. You might feel flush or cold for a few moments afterward. It can also leave a salty or metal taste in your mouth.

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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