Magnetic resonance imaging. MRI of the spine - price in Kharkiv, Kherson, Cherkassy
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).
Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate various parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).
An MRI of the spine shows the anatomy of the vertebrae that make up the spine, as well as the disks, spinal cord and the spaces between the vertebrae through which nerves pass.
Currently, MRI is the most sensitive imaging test of the spine in routine clinical practice.
MR imaging is performed to:
- assess the spinal anatomy.
- visualize anatomical variations and diseased tissue in the spine.
- help plan surgeries on the spine such as decompression of a pinched nerve or spinal fusion.
- monitor changes in the spine after an operation, such as scarring or infection.
- guide the injection of steroids to relieve spinal pain.
- assess the disks - bulging, degenerated or herniated intervertebral disk—a frequent cause of severe lower back pain and sciatica.
- evaluate compressed (or pinched) and inflamed nerves.
- explore possible causes in patients with back pain (compression fracture for example).
- image spinal infection or tumors that arise in, or have spread to, the spine.
- assess children with daytime wetting and an inability to fully empty the bladder.