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Hi all, anyone out there had and upright MRI?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
I was just trying to research some info online and found this site. Looks like a good place to find out if anyone else has had the same issues I’ve had. I’m a disabled veteran so I go the VA for my health care and have to be very proactive to get any results.

I would like to hear from anyone who has had an upright MRI and found that the findings were different from a regular MRI where you’re lying down. I’ve been asking the VA about this and they say that it won’t make any difference even though they tell me I should be walking with 2 canes/crutches to take the load off of my spine. Yet my MRI findings are minimal at best and they cannot give me a definitive answer for all of my symptoms.

I had a 1200 lbs object fall on me and suffered compression fractures of 9 vertebra. I have Schmorl’s nodes at every level. With several bulging discs, trauma induced scoliosis, twisting at L4-L5, and some kind of blood related tumor on the spine. Right leg sciatica, chest pains, pins and needles in both legs and arms along with fecal leakage and horrendous headaches.

Any info would be greatly appreciated and if you’re reading this I hope you’re having a good day.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,874
    I have never had an upright MRI, but from the research I did on those procedures, they can never produce the in depth and quality images that the standard MRI units can.
    So, if its a clear cut case, why not opt for the stand up, it is a lot easier. But if you need the details go for that old familiar tube
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i cannot help you with your problem but i did want to say hello!! :H good luck with your upcoming procedure. =D> i know you will get good results!! see you around! :D Jenny :)
  • I have not had one, but if I remember correctly, GreyEagle has had both and found the upright did not provide as much quality information for the surgeon that the traditional one did. You can find some of his posts in the Neck Surgery area.

  • I think a upright MRI can produce instability issues. Like the way they do a flexion extension x-ray with a little more detail. I agree with Ron the quality is not there yet on them. What I have found is they capture the pressure being placed on your spine. My spine surgeon said they are just not very clear yet but they are promising as most things happen to people when they stand up. He also cautioned the use of the open MRI's as they are not as clear as well. Which I think that is the Mri grey eagle had done was a open mri. Welcome to spine-health and there are other test besides the MRI that can be used to find issues in the spine. Hopefully you will find a good doctor who will look further into your issues and help you as well.
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