What Will Be Examined During an MRI of the Spine?
During an MRI, we take multiple pictures of the whole spine with the help of a magnetic field. That way we can visualise even the slightest changes in the size of five millimetres upwards.
MRI Scan of the Spine
An MRI scan of your spine/back can provide clarity about the cause of your back pain or, equally important, rule out certain causes. Oftentimes, the cause is easy to determine; possible reasons are (among others) heavy lifting, one false move or a fall. In the case of long-lasting back or neck complaints left untreated, something else may happen: Wear and tear of the vertebrae or a displaced disc. People often recognise a herniated disc only when it pinches the spinal nerves and causes the typical radiating pain in the legs or arms as a symptom.
MRI means magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI scan allows physicians to take pictures of the inside of your body. The MRI scanner receives signals from the body via a large magnet and radio waves. These are converted into images by a computer.
The following complaints may be a reason to have an MRI scan of your back:
Pain in the lumbar region, between the lower ribs and the buttocks. Such pain may be caused by overloading the vertebrae as a result of e.g. heavy lifting, sitting a lot, incorrect posture and long-term strain.
Pain radiating from the back, for example, into the buttocks or leg. There may be a painful or numb feeling and a tingling. It might sting, feel painfully cold or just burn. This may occur i.e. because of a pinched nerve or a herniated disc.
Chronic and severe back pain when moving, sitting or sleeping. This type of pain may be the result of muscle knots, muscle overuse, arthritis or a tumour. Other causes are also possible.
Loss of strength and/or numbness and tingling in the limbs. This may be caused by a pinched nerve, some nerve damage or a herniated disc.
Rather Early Than Too Late
We love life. And we believe that medical screenings can save lives. Let us support you and your well-being – come for a preventive check-up before complaints arise.