What is MRI Lumbar Spine?

Category: Procedures

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Generic name: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the organs and tissues within the body. These images can be used to evaluate your body’s structure and function. It is especially useful for the musculoskeletal system.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diagnostic assessment 26 4
Brain lesions 21 2
Multiple Sclerosis 15 0
Pain in lower back 15 3
Back pain 8 0
Improve mobility 8 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with MRI Lumbar Spine

Side effect Patients
Panic attacks 2
Back pain 1
Bone Metastases 1
had to remain on my back for several days afterwards. 1
No new leasions others shrinking 1
Pain in legs 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having MRI Lumbar Spine

Dosage Patients
one time 6
yearly 3
as needed 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 7
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3 patient evaluations for MRI Lumbar Spine

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Hemiplegic Migraine 26 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Hemiplegic Migraine

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Jan 7, 2016 (Started Dec 26, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tremor in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Paresthesia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Muscle spasms)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Intermittent urinary incontinence)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Cramps in feet)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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KatB
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KatB
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Dermatomyositis 42 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Dermatomyositis

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Nov 18, 2011 (Started Jan 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Degenerative Disc Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bulging disc)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: 11/18/2011 - MRI, L-Spine w/wo contrast. Clinical indication: Bilateral leg radiculopathy. Comparison: Lumbas spine MRI dated 5/11/2010 and lumbar spine radiographdated 5/11/2010. Technique: Noncontrast enhanced MRI of the lumbar spine with axial T1, axial T2, sagittal T1 and sagittal T2 sequences. Findings: Vertebral body stature is mantained. Disc desiccation is present at L4/5 and L5-S1. Bone marrow signal intensity is normal. The conusterminates normally at L1. Levels: L5-S1: No significant central canal stenosis or neural forminal narrowing. There is broad base disc bulge with facet hypertrophy. There is abutment of the left transitioning L5 nerve root. L4-L%: Borad base disc bulge eccentric to the left with moederate left neuralforaminal narrowing. There is no evidence for impingement of the transiting nerve root. Central canal is patent. L3-L4: Mild broad base disc bulge with no significant central canalstenosis. There is a mild facet hypertrophy. There is no neural foraminalstenosis. L2-L3: No significant central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing. T12-L1: No significant central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing. Impression: Multi-level degenerative disc disease. Detailed above, with abutment of the transitioning L5 nerve root on the left and mile to moderate left L4 neuralforaminal narrowing.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 11, 2010 (Started Jan 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Degenerative Disc Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bulging disc)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: 5/11/2010: MRI, Lumbar spine with and w/o contrast indication: History of lumbar disc procedures with recent flare of pain and progressive weakness od the left leg and paresthesias. Comparison: None., Technique: standard pre and post-contrast-enhanced MRI protocol o the lumbar spine was performed. Findings: Limited evaluation of the retroperitoneal structures is unremarkable. There is preserveration of the vertebral body height as well as alignment. There is possible partial laminectomies at the L4 and L5 levels. However, this is highly questionable. Disk desiccation and disk space narrowing was seen at both L4-5 and L5-S1 levels. Additional lytic type I changes are seen at the endplates about the left lateral L%-S! disk space. The T12-L1 disk space is unremarkable. At L1-L2 there is a normal diffuse disk bulge without evidence of neuralforaminal or central canal stenosis. A similiar finding is seen at L2-L3 as well as L3-L4 levels. At L4-L5 there is a loss of disk height and disk foraminabilaterally. This results in mild bilateral inferior neural foraminalstenosis without evidencce of nerve root impingements identified. At L5-S1 there is a broad based diffuse disk bulge which is essentric into the neural foramina where there is a disk spur complex. Mild inferior neuralforaminal stenosis is seen bilaterally. No definite nerve root impingement is identified. After tge administration of contrast there is slight enhancement of the right posterior aspect of the disk at this level, likely representing postoperative granulation tissue. There is no involvement orextension into the neural formina. Impression: 1. Postoperative changes at L4and L5 levels as above with evidence ofenhancing granulation tissue within the L5-S1 disk space. 2. Multi-level disk disease without evidence of significant neural forminalor central canal stenosis or nerve root impingement.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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mark61
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mark61
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Sep 2, 2008 (Started Feb 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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