MRI of the Spine
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic imaging technique used by physicians, surgeons and other medical professionals to provide a high resolution image of the interior of the body. Although similar to X-ray in that it allows for a noninvasive way to see the inside the body, MRI uses magnets instead of radiation. An MRI is generally used to provide images of soft tissue compared to bone, which is why it is the preferred method to diagnose many spine conditions and joint injuries that aren’t fractures.
Taking an MRI is typically part of the evaluation process to determine if a patient dealing with chronic pain due to injury or an age-related condition is a candidate for surgery. The detailed imagery allows for surgeons to see the precise cause of symptoms and whether an operable condition is present. Please take a moment to read over the following information on what to expect when you undergo an MRI. We’re here to help, and we invite you to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our diagnosis and treatment methods at USA Spine Care.
What to expect during an MRI with or without contrast
An MRI is most often described as a long open tube with a sliding table that the patient lies on. The MRI device consists of powerful magnets that create a magnetic field while a transmitter directs radio waves toward the body. The MRI technician will work from an adjoining room and can speak to the patient via microphone.
A patient undergoing an MRI procedure should expect to follow these steps:
- Unless otherwise instructed, patients will generally eat and drink normally and not cease taking any medications
- Since an MRI uses magnetism, patients will change into a gown and remove any and all objects potentially containing met such as jewelry, glasses, hairpins or hearing aids
- The procedure often lasts between 15 minutes to an hour, but can be longer depending on individual conditions or circumstances
- Patients who have fear of enclosed spaces or anxiety may be given a sedative to help with relaxation
- Headphones or earplugs may also be provided to reduce any noise made by the machine during the procedure
- It is extremely important to stay perfectly still while the MRI takes images to ensure they are clear and useful to the physician
Once the procedure is completed, patients should be able to resume activities as normal. Sometime after, a trained physician will study the results and review them in a separate appointment to discuss next steps.
MRI cost for self pay & insurance
As a diagnostic procedure, MRI is covered by most insurance carriers and medicare when it is deemed a necessary part of diagnosing a condition. USA Spine Care facilities work with Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. A member of our team will be glad to help you find answers to your questions about out of pocket cost vs cash pay and all your MRI FAQs.
Free MRI review with the experts from USA Spine Care
If you are suffering from pain and limited mobility that is having a negative impact on your quality of life, your livelihood and your relationships, it is possible to find lasting relief. Our highly skilled team can review your MRI to determine if our wide range of treatment options is right for you. Don’t wait to find the relief you deserve, contact us today to learn more.
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