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MRI Lumbosacral Spine

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  1. 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
  2. Tell your radiologist if you have metallic implants like pacemaker, cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, neuro-stimulator, surgical staples/clips or drug implants
  3. Pregnant women should inform their doctor about their pregnancy before going for MRI

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What is MRI Lumbosacral Spine?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Lumbosacral Spine (LS) is a scan that produces detailed images of the lumbar area (the bones, disks, and other structures in the lower back). It uses magnets and radio waves to capture images. The scan allows the doctor to see soft tissues like muscles and organs in addition to your bones.

MRI LS is done to find the cause of lower back pain, diagnose suspected infections or tumors of the spine. It may also be advised in case of the brain or spinal cancer. It can also help diagnose any injury of the spinal bones.

Unlike an X-ray or CT scan, an MRI is considered to be a safer alternative for pregnant women and growing children, since it doesn’t use ionizing radiation. However, people with metal implants may be at risk. Do inform your doctor if you have any such condition.

Why is MRI Lumbosacral Spine done?

  1. To find the cause of the lower back pain that lasts for a long time
  2. To look for any injury or fracture of the spinal bones (vertebrae)
  3. To diagnose any suspected tumors (abnormal growth), arthritis, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) or infections of the spine
  4. To detect suspected disc problems like spondylolisthesis (dislocation or slipping of one vertebra over the other) or degeneration of the disc
  5. 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

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