What is MRI Spine?
Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to generate detailed images of the body. The detailed images help the doctor to find changes in the spine and other tissues. They also help in detecting problems such as infection.
MRI looks at the spine in the neck – cervical, thoracic (upper back), or lumbosacral (lower back). The whole spine appears in one series and the pictures can be analysed to detect if tumour is there. Medanta is among a few top hospitals in India possessing the latest technology in MRI called the 3 TESLA and 1.5 Tesla MRI Machines.
How does it help?
It is a painless, and noninvasive test which produces detailed images of the body and is helpful in many ways. Some of which are:
Used to treat
Detects ruptured disc, a disorder of the spinal discs. The test shows if any nerve is pressed by a disc.
It helps in finding areas where the canal has become abnormally narrow and lets the doctor know if a surgery is required by the patient.
MRI helps in finding the tumour that affects nerves of the spine. The tumours that spread are most likely to be from prostate, breast, or lung cancer.
It detects the areas with inflammation. The finds the area of the spine in which blood supply is not proper.
To detect the defects persisting since birth.