What is an MRI back scan?
Back complaints may include lumbago, pain between the shoulder blades, lower back pain, upper back pain or radiation to the legs.
With an MRI scan on the back, you quickly know what is going on. In so doing, the advantage is that you could start on a possible course of treatment at an earlier stage. This increases the chance of a cure or recovery. MRI is an examination technique with which hundreds of images of your back are created by using a large magnetic field. It is a very detailed photo of your back and spinal cord, as it were. This provides a physician with a better view of any possible abnormality or disease (hernia, stenosis, tumour) than on an X-ray.
How long does an MRI of the back or lower back take?
Anyone wishing to have an MRI scan performed via the regular healthcare channels frequently has to deal with long waiting lists. With Prescan, you never have to wait too long to obtain greater clarity on your health. We can help you with an MRI scan of the back or lower back – without referral - within just 1 week. You learn the result the following week after the examination. You therefore know where you stand. Should there be any reason, we will relay the results to your own physician. You receive the recorded images on a CD-ROM.
During the examination, the MRI scanner creates a large number of images of your back (neck vertebrae, middle back, lower back, complete spinal cord) by using a large magnetic field. Cross-sections can be created in this way. The computer presents the images as slices to facilitate subsequent assessment of the results. Our specialists can view the images at any random angle, allowing them to observe details from 5 mm.
The magnetic field and the radiofrequency waves are not harmful to your health. During scanning, you lie on a comfortable couch, which is pushed into a kind of tunnel. The tunnel is open at both the front and back. If you find lying in the tunnel it claustrophobic, you may have someone with you in the MRI room. A nurse will be on stand-by to provide information and, if necessary, to put you at ease. In addition, during the MRI scan, you have a bell that you can use to interrupt the scan in emergencies.
The duration of the MRI examination depends on your situation and can vary from 30 to 60 minutes.
Could the result be a hernia?
A hernia is a very common cause of persistent back complaints. With a hernia, a bulge of an intervertebral disc pinches a nerve. This can happen because of aging, trauma or straining. Severe symptoms of pain are often the result, but not all patients with a hernia feel persistent pain. But this just depends on where the bulge is located.
The presence of a hernia can indeed be confirmed by a back scan. An MRI scan of the spinal cord can make the hernia and the pinching of the nerve root better visible than is the case with an X-ray.
What does an MRI scan of the back cost?
One of the nurses will gladly advise you of the options for undergoing an MRI scan in a personal advisory consultation.