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MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain)

MRI spine sacrum and coccyx is an imaging procedure used to visualise the sacrum and coccyx

What is MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain)?

MRI spine sacrum and coccyx is a procedure that is used to capture images of the sacrum, coccyx, and the surrounding soft tissues.

The sacrum is the part of the spinal column that lies below the lumbar vertebrae and above the tail bone (coccyx) 1. The MRI spine sacrum and coccyx (plain) doesn’t use radiation for imaging. The imaging of the sacrum and coccyx is done using strong magnetic and radio waves in the MRI. The MRI procedure is used to detect the cause of pain in the lower back, fractures, or abnormal growths.

Next section discusses the steps of an MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain).

How is MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain) performed?

Following are the steps of the MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain) procedure:

  • The technician will ask you to lay on the MRI table.
  • During the course of the test, you may be asked to change positions to capture images from different angles.
  • You will be moved through the MRI machine.
  • You may be asked to wait after the first round of imaging in case additional images are needed.

The MRI procedure can take 40-60 minutes2.

Side effects/risks of MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain)

Since the MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain) imaging procedure doesn’t involve the use of radiation or contrast with iodine there aren’t any side-effects associated with the procedure. Still, it is advised to contact your doctor if you feel abnormal.

Preparation before performing MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain)2

Before the MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain) make sure of the following things:

  • Remove all metal accessories and piercings from your body before the MRI.
  • Inform your doctor or radiologist about any implants you have.
  • Claustrophobic patients should inform their doctor before the test so that they can be given relaxants before the MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain).

Post-care after MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx (Plain)

You may resume your daily activities after the  MRI Spine Sacrum and Coccyx procedure because the procedure doesn’t generally require any post care. Inform your doctor however if any abnormality arises.

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