A couple of years ago I had an MRI because I was having numbness and pain in my hand. This was after I had had a laminectomy. According to the surgeon, the MRI looked normal. The surgeon sent me to a neurologist who sent me for PT. After weeks of PT with no improvement, the neurosurgeon ordered a myelogram. The myelogram finally showed the herniation. So, I don't think of much of MRIs. I've heard and read about "stand up" MRIs. They can do an MRI on you while you are standing up. The idea is that it gives a better indication of the state of your spine while it is bearing the weight of your body. This makes sense to me, but my surgeon says the images from that type of MRI are not very good.
I would like to hear from anyone else who has had a stand up MRI. My questions are:
1. Did your doctor recommend it, or did you request it despite your doctor's reluctance?
2. Did your stand up MRI show a disc herniation that a previous regular type MRI did not snow?
3. Has anyone had a stand-up MRI where the images were so unclear that your doctor had to order a regular MRI afterwards?
I think I would rather have an MRI that is more accurate even if the image is not as clear. But, I am reluctant to go against my doctor's advice.