MRI Lumbar Plexus
What is MRI Lumbar Plexus?
A Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) lumbar plexus creates a picture of the junction/network of nerves. The lumbar plexus is a complex neural network formed by the lower thoracic and lumbar ventral nerve roots (T12 to L5) which supplies motor and sensory innervation to the lower limb and pelvic girdle.
This test is prescribed by the doctor to diagnose the cancer growth which can destroy the lumbar plexus, to detect pain, numbness, paralysis in the lower back, and to investigate the damaged peripheral nerve of the femur.
Why is MRI Lumbar Plexus done?
- To diagnose the cancer growth which can destroy the lumbar plexus
- To detect neuralgic amyotrophy (sudden malfunction of the brachial plexus due to swelling)
- To find out carcinomatous neuropathy which is congenital or by birth defects
- To detect pain, numbeness, paralysis in the lower back and leg
- To investigate femoral neuropathy (damaged peripheral nerve of femur) due to trauma (accident) or abdominal surgery