What can MRI detect in lower back?

What can MRI detect in lower back?

A lumbar spine MRI can detect a variety of conditions in the lower back, including problems with the bones (vertebrae), soft tissues (such as the spinal cord), nerves, and disks.

How long does an MRI of the lower back take?

The test most often lasts 30 to 60 minutes, but may take longer.

What can an MRI tell you about back pain?

An MRI scan creates detailed pictures of your spine. It can pick up most injuries that you have had in your spine or changes that happen with aging. Even small problems or changes that are not the cause of your current back pain are picked up.

Does MRI show muscle damage in back?

An MRI will not show muscle strains or other problems with soft tissues. The pain usually will go away on its own, although it may take several months.

Will sciatica show up on MRI?

An MRI of the lumbar spine will show many causes of low back pain and sciatica, including disc herniations, facet arthritis, and lumbar spinal stenosis. Digital x-rays and CT scans may also be used to diagnose the cause of sciatica.

Will MRI show pinched nerve in lower back?

Neck or low back pain that radiates into your arms or legs is often a sign of impingement or pinching of a nerve as it emerges from your spinal cord. An MRI may be able help identify structural lesions that may be pressing against the nerve so the problem can be corrected before permanent nerve damage occurs.

– Lower back pain that radiates (spreads) downward into the buttocks and legs – Abnormal reflexes in the lower body (may indicate disruption of the nerves that enable sensation and movement) – Sensations of numbness, tingling and/or weakness develop – Foot drop (inability to lift your foot) – Dysfunction or loss of bowel and/or bladder control

Should I get a MRI of my lower back?

Your doctor may recommend an x-ray or MRI if your lower back pain resulted from traumatic injury, such as a fall or car accident. Of course, that doesn’t mean other potential causes of lower back pain do not warrant medical imaging immediately or at a later time.

How long does a MRI of the lower back take?

The test usually takes 30 to 60 minutes but can take as long as 2 hours. What are the risks of an MRI of the spine? There are no known harmful effects from the strong magnetic field used for an MRI. But the magnet is very powerful. It may affect any metal implants or other medical devices you have.

How to prepare for a low back MRI?

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam and check in with the receptionist. You will need to complete the MRI screening form.

  • To eliminate possible MR safety issues,you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. A locker will be supplied to secure your belongings.
  • A technologist will verify your identification and the requested exam.