Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. A cervical spine MRI with contrast is usually used to diagnose the cause of neck pain. A cervical MRI scan can also show spinal birth defects or deformities, infection in or near the spine, injury or trauma to the spine, scoliosis (curvature) of the spine, cancer or tumours of the spine. What does "MRI" stand for and how does it work? MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI uses the principle of magnetic resonance. Using the natural magnetic property of our body, the MRI machine is able to form images that help us diagnose the problem. Why is MRI such a good modality? MRI allows us to exquisitely see different parts of the body. In the brain, it allows us to differentiate between different areas. In the spine, MRI is the only modality that allows us to see the spinal cord. In joints, MRI allows us to view the internal parts of the joints, including ligaments, tendons and menisci. It also allows evaluation of various cardiac structures, as well as functional imaging of various parts of the brain. MRI does all this by sectioning the body in different planes. Just as it is necessary to slice a loaf of bread to know the quality of the slices, so also, MRI allows us to section the body to view its inner parts. Thus, the skull X-ray only shows us the outer part, whereas MRI shows us the inner parts of the brain. Where is MRI useful? All parts of the body can be scanned with MRI, but it is most useful in the brain, spine, bones, joints and the heart. It also has specific uses in other parts like the chest, abdomen and pelvis. For each part, there are specific indications or reasons for scanning. The referring doctor and the consultant radiologist are the best judges of the usefulness of MRI scanning in a specific situation and area. Are there any dangers in MRI scanning? Not ordinarily. However if you have any magnetizable items on or in your body, such as aneurysm clips, pacemakers, cardiac prostheses, metallic implants, etc. please inform us immediately, as there could be a problem related to these metallic items. What is the injection that I may receive? If necessary, you may be injected with a gadolinium-based dye to see things better.
A cervical spine MRI scan is used to help diagnose:
SLAs:For MRI test scheduled before 8 AM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same dayFor MRI test scheduled after 8 AM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next dayFACILITATOR:Arrive at the hospital with the patient atleast 2hrs before the scheduled time of appointment.Confirm the compliance of preparations required. Ask the patient to wear comfortable clothes free of metals, zippers, hooks.
SLAs:For MRI test scheduled before 8 AM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same dayFor MRI test scheduled after 8 AM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day
The cervical spine refers to the neck. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create detailed image slices (cross sections) of the neck.An MRI cervical spine with contrast is used to diagnose the vertebral bones of the spinal column (back bone) which are located in the neck region. It is also helpful in visualizing their inter vertebral discs and the surrounding soft tissues like skin and muscles. MRI technology produces better soft-tissue images than X-rays, which allow the physician to accurately evaluate different types of body tissue including the spinal cord, vertebral disks and surrounding tissues, as well as distinguish normal, healthy tissue from diseased tissue.