What is MRI Neck?
An MRI neck creates picture of the cervical spine composed of 7 cervical vertebrae and surrounding soft tissues (blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, vas deferens). The images captured during the MRI scan can be stored on an electronic device which is further printed on a film. The MRI scan is radiationless test which uses strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed and clear 3D multiple images. The whole MRI scan procedure takes about 40-60 minutes.
Why is MRI Neck done?
- To diagnose the cause for regualr pain, stiffness, weakness or numbness in the cervical spine/neck
- To find out the birth defects of the spine due accident, injury/trauma to the cervical spine
- To detect high level of scoliosis (sideway curve of the spine), multiple sclerosis (damaged mylein sheath cover of the spinal cord and brain nerves)
- To trace the tumors, abnormal growth or lumps in the cervical spine
Preparation for MRI Neck
- At the time of the MRI you might be asked to remove any metallic coins, jewelry, metal wrist watches, metallic keys, dentures or hearing aids as the MRI uses strong magnetic fields
- Tell your radiologist if you have metallic implants like pacemaker, cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, neuro-stimulator, surgical staples/clips or drug implants
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor about their pregnancy before going for MRI
Sushant Lok 1, HARYANA