Neck MRI

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MRI of the Neck

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the neck or cervical spine to take pictures of the soft tissues in those areas. An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not.

A quality neck 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 Neck MRI:

A neck 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 neck 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 neck 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 Neck MRI may help diagnose (find):

A MRI of the neck can identify the cause for severe neck or arm pain.

A MRI of the neck may show birth defects of the spine, or injury or traumas to the spine do to a severe accident.

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

A neck MRI can show diseases such as multiple sclerosis or severe scoliosis.

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

Getting a MRI:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.

Before the MRI
During the MRI
After the MRI


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ABOVE: MRA of blood vessels in neck.

Published on YouTube by Christopher Kelly on Jul 22, 2017
Dynamic MRI of neck and cervical spine using a 3T scanner. MRI Physicists: Anthony Price and Jana Hutter

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