(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 neck (the cervical spine). This can include the spine, the space around the spinal cord, and vertebrae in your neck.
When you have an MRI, you lie on a table and
the table moves into the MRI machine.
An MRI of the
cervical spine can help find problems such as infection and tumours. It also can help diagnose narrowing of the spinal canal
(spinal stenosis) and a herniated disc in the cervical spine.
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:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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