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Overview Brief

The MRI Lumbar Spine captures images of the lumbar section of your spine for any abnormalities or injuries in the area.

What is MRI Lumbar Spine?

The MRI Lumbar Spine takes detailed images of the lumbar part of the spine, which consists of five vertebral bones.

Most of the back problems originate in the lumbar area, which is why, an MRI Lumbar Spine is recommended to look for any congenital disabilities, injuries, multiple sclerosis, issues with one’s legs, etc. The factors causing these conditions could be injuries, infection, and diseases.

The MRI Lumbar Spine can also determine if a patient requires spinal surgery. The images help them plan the procedure further. [1]

How is MRI Lumbar Spine performed?

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

  • The patient is asked to lie down on a table, with earplugs in (the machine can be loud).
  • The radiologist may or may not use the contrast dye depending on what kind of images they want.

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

Side effects/risks of MRI Lumbar Spine

Following are the risks involved with MRI Lumbar Spine:

  • The metal implants in one’s body can affect the procedure as they interfere with the machine’s working.
  • The machine can affect the working of a heart pacemaker.

Preparation before performing MRI Lumbar Spine

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

  • Fast for at least four to six hours before the test.
  • Remove all the metal jewelry and inform the radiologist about any implants that you may have.
  • Inform the radiologist if you’re claustrophobic. [3]

Post-care after MRI Lumbar Spine

The patient is allowed to go home after their MRI Lumbar Spine and resume their daily activities.

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