MRI Lumbar Spine

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Lumbar Spine is a non-invasive diagnostic ...

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The Lumbar Spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio waves. This method provides comprehensive images of the lower back area, which includes the five vertebrae labeled L1 through L5. The area, which is critical for sustaining the weight of the upper body, is usually related to back pain. The MRI of the lumbar spine is extremely useful in identifying diseases such as disc herniation, spinal stenosis, tumors, infections, and traumas.

Lumbar spine MRI procedure is not only painless and safe, but it also differs from computed tomography (CT) scans as it does not use radiation. A doctor may order an MRI of the lumbar spine to check its anatomy or identify issues, such as when the spinal canal is too narrow and needs surgical intervention.

Understanding the difference between a normal lumbar MRI and an abnormal spinal MRI is essential for correct interpretation. Sprint Diagnostics provides these services at an affordable pricing near you. The process, which employs a magnetic field and radio waves, produces detailed images that allow for the accurate detection of lumbar spine problems ranging from disc herniation to tumors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is an MRI of the Lumbar Spine done?

This test is done to examine the bones, disks, and other structures of the lower spine. It can help diagnose conditions such as herniated disks, spinal stenosis, tumors, spinal infections, or injuries.

2. What can I expect during an MRI of the Lumbar Spine?

During the test, you will lie on a table that slides into the MRI machine. The technician will communicate with you throughout the test, and you may hear a loud thumping or tapping noise while the images are being taken. The test normally lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.

3. How should I prepare for an MRI of the Lumbar Spine?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Avoid wearing anything with metal, as it can interfere with the MRI machine. Usually, no fasting is required unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

4. What happens if my MRI Lumbar Spine results are abnormal?

If your MRI results are abnormal, the doctor will explain the results and discuss the next steps with you. This may involve further testing, treatments, or referrals to specialists, depending on the results.

5. Is there any risk associated with an MRI Lumbar Spine?

MRI is generally a safe procedure. However, because it uses a strong magnetic field, it's not recommended for specific individuals, such as those with pacemakers, certain types of vascular clips, or metal fragments in their eyes. The use of contrast dye can also cause reactions in some individuals.

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