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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the organs and structures inside the body. An MRI can give your doctor information about the spine in your lower back (the lumbar spine). This can include the spine, the space around the spinal cord, and the vertebrae in your lower back.
When you have an MRI, you lie on a table that moves into the MRI machine.
An MRI of the lumbar spine can help find the cause of symptoms like back pain or leg pain, weakness, or numbness. It can help find problems such as a herniated disc, a tumour, or an infection.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: June 25, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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