What is an MRI of the Spine?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging test doctors use to diagnose medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of internal body structures. MRI does not use radiation (x-rays). Detailed MR images allow doctors to examine the body and detect abnormalities and injuries. Currently, MRI is the most sensitive imaging test available for the spine.
MR imaging is used to assess or detect: