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Standing MRI VS. Conventional MRI

Has anyone had any success finding the cause of pain and numbness using the newer MRI machines vs. the conventional laydown style?

My back pain and leg numbness don't bother me very much unless I'm standing/walking so I'm wondering if my spine is doing something while standing that is not shown on conventional MRIs while laying on my back.

Anyone have any thoughts?



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349
    machine currently provides a more detailed and higher resolution for the MRI images. The newer standing units were inferior several years ago, but they are slowly catching up.

    The primary purpose for the two different devices was comfort. Many people could not go into the conventional MRI tube.

    As far as what you have indicated, there should not be any difference using the conventional MRI because you hurt more while standing.

    They have been some posts by members that indicated that their problems did not show up on the conventional MRI, but only on the standing. I have nothing to base this on.

    I would ask your doctor which unit they prefer. They will be the ones who are going to diagnose your problem.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks for the responses. I have an appointment with my third back specialist soon. My original Dr. (who performed 3 surgeries on my L5-S1) moved out of state so I was forced to find a new specialist. The second one I was not comfortable with and felt like he was not experienced enough. So onto #3.

    I was originally diagnosed with DDD and Stenosis along with a herniated disc back in 2012. Recently my pain has come back and my leg and foot numbness are worse then they have ever been. I had new scans done (mylogram and MRI) and found out I have a herniated disc at t12-L1 or L1-L2 (depending on how you count, Long story) The MRI results state that the herniation does not appear to be pressing on the nerve. This makes me wonder if when standing its putting pressure on the nerve that the conventional MRI wont show.
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