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Overview

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is an advanced imaging procedure that uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and computer software to produce clear images of the internal structure of the cervical spine. (1)

What is MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast?

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is a quick and safe procedure to have a closer look at the soft tissue and internal structure of the cervical spine. MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is helpful in the diagnosis of congenital and developmental deformities of the cervical spine, and to identify and treat injuries and trauma at the cervical spine.  (1)

How MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is Performed?

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is a non-invasive procedure.

  • Patients have to lie down on examination table.
  • An IV is inserted.
  • Coils are placed around the head and neck.
  • The table slides into the magnetic field of the MRI, and an initial set of images are produced.
  • Gadolinium contrast is injected.
  • Another sequence of imaging is conducted as the contrast passes through the cervical spine.

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is often performed in multiple sequences.

Side-effects of MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast does not have any major complications.

  • The contrast used for MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast can cause allergies and kidney damage.
  • Some metal implants can malfunction during the procedure.

Preparation before MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast is a painless procedure.

  • Inform the Radiologist, if you have any metal implants, allergies or any other health complications.
  • Inform the doctor, if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Follow the instructions given by your doctor about food and medications before MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast.

Post-care of MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast

MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast takes around 45 minutes.

  • Do not drive, if you were sedated for the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to flush out the contrast used for MRI Cervical Spine With Contrast.
  • Nursing mothers may be asked not to breastfeed for 24 hours after the test.

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