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Overview Brief

The MRI Lumbar Plexus captures images of the lumbar section of your spine along with the soft tissues in the area.

What is MRI Lumbar Plexus?

The MRI Lumbar Plexus takes detailed images of the lumbar part of the spine along with the neural system with the help of a contrast dye.

An MRI Lumbar Plexus is recommended for patients with back problems as the lumbar region is where they all start. The procedure is used to diagnose injuries due to car accidents, internal organ damage, sensation changes, etc.

If a patient requires spinal surgery, the MRI Lumbar Plexus helps in guiding the procedure. [1]

How is MRI Lumbar Plexus performed?

The MRI Lumbar Plexus test is performed in the following way:

  • The patient lies down on a table that slides into the machine.
  • The patient is injected with a dye to make the soft tissues visible.
  • The machine takes the images of the spine which are later diagnosed.

The procedure takes about 20-35 minutes to complete. [2]

Side effects/risks of MRI Lumbar Plexus

Following are the risks involved with MRI Lumbar Plexus:

  • The metal implants in one’s body can move because of the magnets.
  • The dye can be harmful to patients with kidney diseases.
  • The powerful magnets in MRI machine can stop the patient’s heart pacemaker.

Preparation before performing MRI Lumbar Plexus

You can prepare for an MRI Lumbar Plexus in the following way:

  • Fast for at least four to six hours before the test.
  • If you’re claustrophobic, inform the radiologist.
  • Remove all metal jewelry and wear comfortable clothes. [3]

Post-care after MRI Lumbar Plexus

Post an MRI Lumbar Plexus, the patient is free to resume their daily activities.

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