What can an MRI of the spine diagnose?

Does MRI show inflammation?

MRI allows to assess the soft tissue and bone marrow involvement in case of inflammation and/or infection. MRI is capable of detecting more inflammatory lesions and erosions than US, X-ray, or CT.

Does MRI show muscle inflammation?

MRI accurately documents the extent and intensity of the muscle abnormalities. The inflammation is usually symmetric and classically involves the proximal muscle groups in both polymyositis and dermatomyositis, but muscle involvement can also be patchy and asymmetric (Fig. 1).

Can MRI Miss pinched nerve?

An MRI may show nerve entrapment, but it has limitations. It only shows narrowing when the MRI was taken, at one point in time. It cannot tell if the nerve was more severely pinched three weeks ago or how tightly the nerve is being pinched right now.

Can MRI results be seen immediately?

This means it’s unlikely you’ll get the results of your scan immediately. The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you. It usually takes a week or two for the results of an MRI scan to come through, unless they’re needed urgently.

Can an MRI show nerve damage?

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. Nerve damage can usually be diagnosed based on a neurological examination and can be correlated by MRI scan findings.

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Why do I feel drained after an MRI?

Gadolinium, a rare earth metal, is used to as a “contrast agent” to improve the quality of images in around 30% of MRI scans. But some patients claim they have experienced debilitating pain, chronic fatigue and involuntary muscle spasms after being injected with the chemical.

Can you wear bra in MRI?

For women, if possible, do not wear an underwire bra (the metal can throw off the magnetic field). Sports bras are usually good and we have hospital gowns to change into if necessary. The clasps on the back of a regular bra are not a problem, but avoid wearing bras that have metal parts on the straps.