Men and women of any age can get this test done if they experience discomfort in the lower back region. Due to the clarity of the images, the doctor can assess the concerns like bulging discs, nerve pinching, spinal cord injury, fractures, soft tissue injury, bone deformities, multiple sclerosis, cancer, birth defects, and bone degeneration. The scan is also prescribed if you have had an accident or recently undergone spine surgery. The MRI scans can also detect spinal infections. A timely test can help diagnose the issue and avoid a severe prognosis of the illness.