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How can magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) help diagnose transverse myelitis?

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Your doctor will run tests to figure out if you have transverse myelitis or some other condition.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans create detailed images of your insides. They’ll show the doctor if something else is affecting your nerves, like a tumor, a slipped disk, or narrowing of the channel that holds your spinal cord.

From: What Is Transverse Myelitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Transverse myelitis: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Transverse myelitis: Symptoms & causes,” "Transverse Myelitis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Transverse Myelitis Fact Sheet.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Transverse Myelitis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Transverse Myelitis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What Is Transverse Myelitis?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Transverse myelitis: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Transverse myelitis: Symptoms & causes,” "Transverse Myelitis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Transverse Myelitis Fact Sheet.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Transverse Myelitis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Transverse Myelitis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What Is Transverse Myelitis?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

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