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JoyJJoy Posts: 559
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Can you get an MRI of your back after have instrumentation installed? I've seen a couple of people post that they couldn't get one. Is this right? Then how do they check you later for disc problems, etc.?


  • Ive had an mri every year since ive had my first fusion done. Ive had no problems with getting them either. My back is sore from laying on it for the length of the mri but other than that no problems.
  • Thanks for the info! I'm a little confused then about people stating they couldn't get an MRI because of the hardware. Just curious.
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  • I had an MRI less than two months post op..being nervous about the "metal thing" I called the doctor. they use titanium--which is totally safe in MRI machines! then I felt dumb asking the question...when he said "do you think i would order an MRI if it wasn't safe? " But he did say better to ask any questions rather than worry!
  • Thanks so much! I was really confused, but couldn't figure out how they would see what else might be going on if they couldn't do an MRI. Thanks, again.
  • Yes, you can definitely have an MRI with titanium hardware in you. Often the radiologist will inject contrast into you, to give a clearer picture - which delays the overall process of having the MRI somewhat.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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  • I had an MRI about 6 weeks ago but the problem is that it is a lot harder for the radiologist or Sr to read as the metal gives off an "artifact" which is like a inteference.

    So it can be done but just not so easy to read.

    How is your knee know???
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • The knee seems to be getting better...still hurts but not as much. Thanks so much for asking. How are you doing now?
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