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MRI with contrast ..is the contrast really necessary?

CinnamongirlCCinnamongirl Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I finally got my referral to get my MRI. It says with contrast. Is that needed? Has anyone had this before? What was your experience?


  • The contrast helps the MRI display scar tissue and makes it easy for the doc to do comparisons.

  • The contrast makes the issues they are looking for stand out like no other. I have had around 15-20 MRI's with contrast over the past 5 years and it's really do big deal. they take you out of the tube, put an I.V in your arm and inject the dye, they put you back in the tube, your body gets warm from the dye, then your scan is done. The first MRI I had was W/O contrast and it showed nothing at all then after convincing the doctor that the scan must have missed something he ordered another MRI W/contrast and low and behold a large annular tare in my L4/L5 disc showed up bright as day. I would strongly suggest having it done W/contrast, out of all the MRI's and C.T scans I have had I have to say hands down the best one to diagnose issues is an MRI W/Contrast.
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