MRI can reveal specifics about a spinal injury, such as hemorrhage, disc herniation, or other types of soft tissue disruptions. The timing and use of MRI to diagnose a spinal cord injury is somewhat controversial. In some cases, MRI has clear benefits for patients with SCI.
Does an MRI show the whole spine?
MRI can look at the spine in the neck (cervical), upper back (thoracic), or lower back (lumbosacral). The entire spine can be seen in one series of pictures to find a tumor. More detailed pictures of one area, such as the lumbar spine, may be taken. MRI may be used to check low back problems.
Is spinal cord damage permanent?
Complete spinal cord injuries are usually permanent. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may allow for some functional improvement over time.
Can MRI results be seen immediately?
This means it’s unlikely you’ll get the results of your scan immediately. The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you. It usually takes a week or two for the results of an MRI scan to come through, unless they’re needed urgently.
When do you need a full spine MRI?
An MRI of the Whole Spine can be helpful in diagnosing various conditions of the cartilage and bone structure resulting from injury, disease, or ageing by imaging bones, soft tissue, nerves and disks.
How long does it take for a full spine MRI?
The test usually takes 30 to 60 minutes but can take as long as 2 hours.
How accurate are MRI scans of the spine?
While the MRI scan represents a very sensitive and accurate assessment of spinal anatomy, it cannot distinguish between painful and non-painful structures in the spine.