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Lumbar MRI?

I've been having what I'm pretty sure is SI joint pain for going on 9 months now. My doctor has finally ordered an MRI so we can figure out what's going on. The only problem is that I see he's ordered a "lumbar MRI".

Does that typically include the SI joints? Based on some basic googling I'm getting the impression the answer is "no", but I wanted to hear from some of you who have had MRIs for SI joint pain?

If the lumbar MRI doesn't cover the SI joints, is there any reason they couldn't also image those at the same time? I'm extremely claustrophobic and would love to do this MRI thing only once if possible!


  • I know when I was being evaluated for problems after I had my operation, my surgeon specifically had to state that he wanted the pelvic area to be included in the MRI images.  I'd definitely get that straightened out since the MRI machine isn't exactly your favorite place to be...
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • I called my doctor to ask and they assured me he did order a lumbosacral MRI, which should cover everything down to the tailbone. Very glad to hear that :) I'll assume the online notification I got was just written poorly. 
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584
    Good thing you called.  Its always better to be safe.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I'm glad I called too. I'll be sure to confirm again with the technician before they start my MRI too. I really don't want to have to do this twice if I can avoid it :)
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