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MRI vs X Ray

wittynamewwittyname Posts: 43
edited 01/19/2016 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
My GP doctor has given me a referral for an X Ray. He has not given me a referral for an MRI though as he cannot authorise one. He has given me a referral to a specialist to ask them. I think he sent me to the wrong type of specialist.

I am tossing up whether to get an X Ray in the meantime though. But I am getting the sense that Xrays are quite useless. I am tossing up whether the radiation exposure and cancer risk is worth it. So I am wondering how many of you have managed to get your conditions properly assessed just by X Ray? Or have you all only discovered the proper information from and MRI?

My details are here http://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/lower-back-pain/unknown-pain-cause


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    between MRI, X-Rays and CT-Scans.
    But for this purpose, I will only illustrate a few very simple differences


    • - Radiation exposure: None
      - Usage: Soft Tissue, Ligaments, Tendons, Spinal conditions, Brain
      - Expense: $$$

    • - Radiation exposure: High
      - Usage: Bones, Degree of Arthritis
      - Expense: $
    But , overall, I would refer to your doctor to determine what diagnostic test they are looking for. Doctors will know what they can expect from X-Rays and when they need a MRI.
    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
  • In my situation, I had an MRI done in November 2014 and have significant problems. The neurosurgeon that ordered it told me on my follow-up that I'll have to have surgery but it's up to me when to do it. It will become necessary if and when my spine becomes unstable. The issues we talked about are a 5mm spondylolisthesis, bone edema, and hardware loosening (it was installed in two previous lumbar surgeries).

    At this point, my surgeon can tell everything she needs to know by an x-ray. We know the tissue problems causing pain - swollen facet joints, missing discs, etc. - but I believe that she'll be able to tell when my spine is unstable and I'll need surgery from the x-ray alone.
  • Thanks Dilaro and Cath. Sorry to hear about your struggles Cath. My gosh missing discs? I hope you get some relief soon :)
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