MRI Cervical Spine
What is MRI Cervical Spine?
MRI Cervical Spine (Magnetic resonance imaging) is a non-invasive, painless method used to create images of the soft tissues in the cervical spine. It is the part of spine that runs through the neck area. Generally, this scan is performed to diagnose spinal injury, bulging discs, tumors birth defects, and infection in spine. It is also recommended by the doctors before or after a spinal surgery as a guide to monitor the treatment process.
MRI is considered to be a safer alternative for pregnant women and growing children, since it doesn’t use ionizing radiations.
It is always important to inform the doctor about any metallic implants in the body before undergoing the scan as they can interfere with the process.
Why is MRI Cervical Spine 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