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 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: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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