MRI WHOLE SPINE

MRI WHOLE SPINE

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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. MRI Spine is usually done to evaluate back pain.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


Why is MRI WHOLE SPINE done ?

An MRI examination of the spine shows the anatomy of the vertebrae that make up the spine, ligaments that hold the vertebrae together, as well as the disks, spinal cord and the spaces between the vertebrae through which nerves pass. MR imaging is performed to assess spinal anatomy and alignment, detect congenital anomalies of vertebrae or the spinal cord , detect bone, disc, ligament or spinal cord injury after spine trauma , assess intervertebral disk disease (degenerated, bulging or herniated) and intervertebral joint disease both frequent causes of severe lower back pain and sciatica (back pain radiating into lower leg) , explore other possible causes of back pain (compression fracture or bone swelling, such as edema), assess compression of spinal cord and nerves, assess inflammation of the spinal cord or nerves, assess infection involving the spine, disks and spinal contents including spinal cord or its coverings (meninges), assess tumors that arise from or have spread to the vertebrae, spinal cord, nerves or the surrounding soft tissues, help plan spinal surgical procedures, such as decompression of a pinched nerve, spinal fusion, or the injection of steroids to relieve spinal pain.

MRI WHOLE SPINE Instructions

CCO:
Ask for the status of pregnancy in a female patient.Ask if the patient is on cardiac impants , metal stents , Prosthetic valves, dentures , artificial limbs , prosthetic joints , surgical clips , screws, plates , pace makers, ear implants, intrauterine devices. Ask for any history of claustrophobia.

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 day
For 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

FACILITATOR:
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 day
For 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

Why is MRI WHOLE SPINE ?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of non-invasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of the body. The magnets and radio waves create cross-sectional images of the body part, which allows doctors to check for abnormalities in the tissues and organs without making an incision. The technology used in an MRI allows doctors to examine soft tissues without bones obstructing the view. An MRI uses no radiation and is considered a safer alternative to a CT scan.