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MRI of the Lumbar Spine

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the spine to take pictures of the lumbar spine.  The lumbar spine or lower back is the part of the spine comprised of five vertebral bodies. The vertebral bodies are stacked on top of each other with a disc in between each one.

A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs and symptoms and it’s important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.

Reasons for a Lumbar Spine MRI:

A lumbar MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.

A lumbar MRI can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. An MRI scan may be used if surgery is needed to remove a growth or lump.

A MRI scan of the lumbar can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.

A Lumbar Spine MRI may help diagnose (find):

A MRI of the lumbar spine can identify the cause for severe low back pain that does not get better after treatment. 

A MRI of the lumbar spine may show birth defects of the spine, or injury or traumas to the spine do to a severe accident. It can also find disc herniation.

Causes for pain in the legs including weakness, numbness, or shooting pain running up the leg can be determined with a MRI of the lumbar spine.

A lumbar spine MRI can explain problems controlling or emptying your bladder.

A MRI of the spine can find tumors, growths or lumps in the spine.

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