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When is a spine MRI done?

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You may need this scan to check for spine problems, including:

The MRI may scan your whole spine or just a part of it. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, it doesn’t use damaging radiation.

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms and legs

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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