Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is a noninvasive procedure that uses powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create pictures of the spine area, including the spine bones (vertebrae), the spinal cord, and the spaces between the vertebrae through which the nerves travel. Spine MRI may show the exact location of tumors or other problems of the spine, spinal cord, or discs.
The radiologist who interpret the exams are board-certified and specialty trained in Neuroradiology.
Gadolinium intravenous contrast is often given which allows the radiologist to visualize certain organs and disease conditions better by providing greater contrast between various tissues.
Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your MRI. Please inform your physician of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have. Also inform your physician regarding a recent illness or other medical conditions.
Women should inform their physician if they are pregnant, or if there is any possibility they may be pregnant.