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Flexion/extension MRI - anyone?

art4uaart4u Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Just reading some postings that had mentioned people were considering getting an additional MRI to the standard laying down one they already had...

Has anyone done the flexion/extension MRI and if so, did you have additional results that were discoverd over and above the traditional method results?



  • I think you mean standup or positional MRI. THese are ones where the magnets are on the sides and the table can be moved so that you are placed in a normal weight bearing or active position.

    I have had my best results from them. Many believe that the quality of the image is worse because you may move more but the benefit is that your body is in a more normal position. If we could stay in bed all day then a traditional MRI would diagnose everything perfectly :)
  • i have had a flex extension x-ray done and actually thats what showed my disc issues years ago which would not be able to see during mri...was strange but very easy xray all you do is bend forward and bend back as much as your body will allow...

    best of luck to you
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • In the last 3 years, *all* of my MRI's for my spine have been positional. Initially when I herniated, the recumbent MRI showed nothing. My surgeon not buying into that, sent me for a stand up MRI, and bing, there was the hernia bigger than stink! Made sense since I don't hurt near as bad laying down.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • A neurologist had ordered a positional MRI, but when I brought it to a spine surgeon, he said the picture quality was poor and to only use closed MRI's.
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