Back pain is the most common health-related complaint in the United States. It’s also a problem that can be difficult to diagnose because of the many issues that could be contributing to it. If initial diagnostic attempts involving a physical exam and X-rays aren’t clearly showing the source of the problem, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be recommended. For patients with claustrophobia issues, an open MRI can provide the necessary answers needed to make a positive diagnosis in a way that increases comfort.
What Types of Spine Problems May Be Evaluated?
An open MRI can be used to confirm or detect many spine-related problems that may affect the bones of the spine, spinal joints, supporting spinal discs, soft tissues near the backbone, and nerves of the spine. Specifically, an MRI may be ordered to evaluate patients with:
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Spinal tumors