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what is an mri scan

miss grumpymmiss grumpy Posts: 106
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi i got a letter today saying that i will be having an mri scan on the 30th of this month, the things is iv already had a scan where i went into this tunnel type contraption, is an mri differant, and will it be able to find out why my fusion isnt happening,? my dr said they've never had this happen in any of their fusions before.
this is a great sight im such a worrier and this sight is so helpull.thanks every one.


  • howdy tina,

    here is a link that should answer your questions. the mri is an imaging tool that is great for looking at the soft tissues in your spine - noisy, but painless. :)


    hope that helps.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda's right, an MRI is a tubular machine that takes images and is very loud, too. They might provide you with a slight sedative if you're claustrophobic.

    When my surgeon suspected a nonfusion at C6/7, he ordered a CT scan in addition to an MRI. That seemed to show a little more of what was going on because of the plate I have in there. Just thought I'd let you know.

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  • thank you for the link :)))
  • You're Welcome. I forgot to mention the other "good" about MRI. No radiation or anything else negative induced into your body. :)

    Like Cathie said too, CT's are great for bone issues, especially the 3-D ones, but they induce more radiation than the standard x-rays. MRI is still the "gold standard" to look at spine issues in general.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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