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Standing MRI

I am curious to know if anyone has had a vertical MRI?  My back pain lessens when I lay down and becomes severe when standing.  If you have had a vertical MRI were the findings different or the same as a horizontal one?


  • catapamcatapam AustriaPosts: 157
    Because the spine is imaged in the weight-bearing state, the clinics that have those vertical MRI machines claim that in some cases only with this scan the spine abnormally that triggered the symptoms can be identified.

  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 919
    Be prepared to have the insurance company fight a standing MRI.  Also, I've been told that standing MRI's often do not give as clear a resolution.  My neurosurgeon told me that he often can get better diagnostic results when he combines an MRI, CT or bone scan with a standing digital x-ray.  He claims the standing digital x-ray gives him the image(s) needed because of the weight bearing factor.  Almost all x-rays are now digital x-rays.
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