Getting an accurate chronic back pain diagnosis by MRI
Center : Nakornthon Absolute Spine Care
For people with chronic back pain that doesn't go away even after changing their posture, sitting habits, lifting heavy objects, or even taking pain medication. And still no improvement on the symptoms. A comprehensive diagnosis should be undertaken by MRI or magnetic resonance imaging, which is another option for a safe diagnosis that does not hurt in addition to helping to diagnose back pain on the spot and determine the results in a short time as well.
What is an MRI exam?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), is a radiology imaging technique used for physical examination. The instrument is used to detect high-intensity magnetic fields and radio waves. It gives a realistic highly detailed picture of the internal organs in the body, especially the brain, heart, bone, muscle and cancer. Allowing doctors to accurately diagnose disorders in the body, MRI examination does not cause any pain to the patient and there is no residual radiation hazard.
Spinal MRI exam
MRI machines can be used to detect a wide range of diseases related to the spine, such as osteoporosis. Herniated discs and injuries from sports. The doctor will gather patients history and order additional MRI examinations, which can help diagnose the underlying cause of back pain.
What pain symptoms should require a spinal MRI?
- Severe neck pain
- Chronic back pain that lasts for several weeks
- Back pain radiating to the leg Numbness into the arm or body
- Weakened legs, arms, or legs
- Uncontrollable limbs twitching
- Decreased sexual performance
- Controllable urination but not fecal incontinence
Advantages of an MRI spine exam
An MRI exam can quickly detect any abnormalities. Able to tell the extent of the disease, allowing the doctor to formulate a treatment plan for the disease, providing a clear picture and clearly distinguishing between the tissues, making it more accurate in the diagnosis, No risk of injecting a contrast agent. Most importantly, the MRI examination does not cause harm to the tissues because radiation waves are not used.
How do I prepare for an MRI exam?
Should refrain from using certain types of makeup before the examination, as it may contain metal, and can cause foreign matter to the image. Including having to remove various metals from the body such as earrings, jewelry, etc. for patients who have braces when MRI is done to Brain and neck bone, braces should be removed first. Because it will affect the clarity of the image
In the case of no water or food Depends on the availability of each individual patient's body. If the patient is ready and does not have fear of narrow spaces, There is no need to skip water and food before the test But in the case of some patients who are not cooperating or those who are afraid of being in a narrow place, unable to lay down in the inspection tunnel, needs to be given a sleeping pill or anesthesia You must refrain from water and food for at least 4 - 6 hours before the examination. The duration of the examination depends on the organs being examined, approximately 30-40 minutes.