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What tests might a doctor prescribe to diagnose a spinal compression?

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Your doctor may also prescribe tests such as:

Also, a bone biopsy may be done because a small percentage of patients have compression fractures caused by cancer.

  • A spinal X-ray to determine whether a vertebra has collapsed
  • A CT scan to provide detail of the fractured bone and the nerves around it
  • An MRI scan to show greater detail of nerves and nearby discs

From: Diagnosing a Spinal Compression Fracture WebMD Medical Reference

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Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

SOURCES: 

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

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