MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast
What is MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast?
An MRI scan employs a powerful magnetic field along with radio waves to take a detailed image of your body. A cervical spine MRI is performed for those cases where there is no improvement after basic treatment. A cervical spine MRI can identify spinal birth defects or any infection in the spine. Abnormal curvature of the spine can also be detected by this test. In some cases, contrast dye is injected into the vein before MRI for clearer view of the blood vessels and tumours (if any). After processing the images, they are given to the radiologist. If the patient has kidney disease, allergy, or she is pregnant when this scan has been prescribed, then confirm with your doctor before undergoing an MRI.
Why is MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast done?
- To find the cause of the neck pain or upper back pain that lasts for a long time
- To look for any injury or fracture of the spinal bones (vertebrae)
- To diagnose any suspected tumors (abnormal growth), arthritis, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) or infections of the spine
- To detect any suspected disc problems like spondylolisthesis (dislocation or slipping of one vertebra over the other), degeneration of the disc or herniated disc
- To look for any abnormalities in the curvature of the spine like lordosis (excessive inward curve of spine), kyphosis (excessive outward curve of spine also known as hunch back), scoliosis (side to side abnormal curvature) or birth defects