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Screening dorsal spine involves imaging spine from the base of the neck to end of the rib cage.

What is MRI screening dorsal spine?

MRI screening of dorsal spine, also known as thoracic spine, uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images of dorsal part of the spine and its surrounding tissue [1].

  • MRI screening dorsal spine is a painless and non-invasive diagnostic test.
  • Computer compiles different slices of scan to form a complete image.
  • Contrast may or may not be used in screening dorsal spine.
  • Advised in case of persistent back pain and numbness in arms and legs.
  • MRI screening dorsal spine used to diagnose fractures, abnormalities of spinal discs, tumors, infections, etc.

Ionizing radiation exposure is avoided in MRI screening dorsal spine.

How is screening dorsal spine performed?

For MRI screening dorsal spine patient lies on the table that slides into the narrow tubular machine.

  • Patient may be strapped to prevent movement.
  • Contrast injected if advised.
  • Powerful magnetic field is created around the dorsal spine.
  • Computer develops a number of cross-sectional images of the dorsal spine.

Complete procedure of MRI screening dorsal spine takes about 30-60 minutes.

Risks of screening dorsal spine

MRI screening dorsal spine poses the least risk if all safety instructions are followed by the patient.

  • Risk of malfunctioning of implanted medical devices.
  • Risk of kidney damage due to contrast.
  • Small risk of allergic reaction due to contrast.
  • Not advised during pregnancy.

Preparation before performing screening dorsal spine

Medical history of the patient is noted before MRI screening dorsal spine. 

  • Patient asked to dress in loose-fitting
  • All metal accessories removed prior to screening dorsal spine.
  • Guidelines about the intake of food, water, or medications must be followed.
  • Anesthesia may be given to children before MRI screening dorsal spine.

Post-care after screening dorsal spine

Following MRI screening dorsal spine, the patient can resume normal activities after being under observation for a brief period.

Report any allergic reaction due to MRI screening dorsal spine immediately.

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