What is MRI Spine?

Category: Procedures


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
Multiple sclerosis 9 2
Diagnostic assessment 7 0
Spinal lesions 6 1
Evaluation/monitoring 3 1
Brain lesions 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with MRI Spine

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1
Muscle spasms in lower back 1


Based on patients currently having MRI Spine

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

Aug 24, 2012 (Started Oct 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for spinal lesions)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I like MRI scans even though I find them useless accept for diagnosis. I have MRI of the brain neck and spine every year, and enjoy looking at the images. There purpose to me is just to know whats going on. No MRI will convince me to start a treatment though. Only a major ongoing change in my MS symptoms would change my mind at this pont.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 23, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Evaluation/monitoring)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time

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