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Overview

MRI Cervical Spine is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and computer software to produce clear images of the internal structures of the cervical spine.

What is MRI Cervical Spine?

MRI Cervical Spine produces clear images of the neck and cervical spine. MRI Cervical Spine is helpful in the diagnosis of tumours of bones and soft tissues, bulging and herniated discs, aneurysms and, other disorders of the cervical spine. (1)

How MRI Cervical Spine is Performed?

MRI Cervical Spine is a non-invasive procedure.

  • The patient has to lie down on the MRI examination table with hands at the sides, and head placed on the headrest.
  • A special device called a coil is placed around the head and neck to improve the quality of the images.
  • The table slides inside the magnetic field of the MRI scanner, which takes a series of images of the cervical spine.

MRI Cervical Spine is often performed in multiple sequences and takes around 45 minutes to complete.

Side-effects of MRI Cervical Spine

MRI Cervical Spine is a safe test as it does not use ionizing radiation.

  • Patients may feel anxious because of the loud noise inside the MRI.
  • Some metal implants may malfunction during MRI Cervical Spine.

Preparations before Performing MRI Cervical Spine

MRI Cervical Spine is a painless procedure that does not require much prior preparation.

  • Inform the doctor, if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Inform the Radiologist about any allergies, metal implants and other health condi
  • Wear comfortable clothes that do not have any metal accessories.
  • Discuss about food and medications before the MRI Cervical Spine test, with your doctor.
  • Inform the doctor, if you are claustrophobic or have anxiety issues.

Post-care of MRI Cervical Spine

MRI Cervical Spine is a quick procedure and does not require much post-care.

  • Patients can go home immediately after the MRI Cervical Spine test.
  • Patients, who are given anaesthesia are kept under observation for few hours after the test.
  • Report any pain or discomfort after the test, to your doctor.

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