MRI of the spinal cord

Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI of the spinal cord is not performed in isolation. In addition to the spinal canal proper, the structures of the spine and nerves are visualized in the image. The functional capabilities of tomography allow to detect with high accuracy the slightest foci of inflammation, changes in tissue areas and vertebrae, a tumor, hidden pathological processes.


Siemens Magnetom Skyra - 3 Tesla (64 slices, 48 channels)
  • Up to 250 kg
  • Children and adults
  • Probably under anesthesia
  • With or without contrast
MRI of the spine
MRI of the spine
MRI of the spine
MRI of the spine
MRI of the spine
MRI of the spine

Its main differences from similar devices of previous generations are as follows:

    Maximum clear image

    The magnetic field strength of 3 Tesla allows you to explore the deepest layers of tissues and organs without loss of accuracy and create a clear, informative image.

    High-precision detailing

    64-slice technology is revolutionary today, as it provides high-precision image detail and allows you to register even the smallest signs of pathology, which makes it possible to diagnose oncological diseases at the earliest stages!

    Suitable for the youngest patients

    The power of our 3 Tesla device allows us to get a high-quality image in a shorter time, which facilitates the MRI procedure for children.

    No restrictions

    Our device is equipped with a table with a high load capacity, thanks to which we can perform an MRI procedure for patients with a large weight (up to 250 kg).

    Tim 4G Technology

    This is a unique development of SIEMENS, which has changed the MRI. Thanks to her, there was no need to change the patient's posture when examining several areas of the body, and high-precision visualization of processes in real time became possible.

The above features make it possible to create as accurately as possible a computer model of brain tissues that displays structural disorders and allows you to make a correct diagnosis based on objective data. This is the most modern equipment for performing brain MRI in Moscow. If you need an extremely accurate and objective result, it will be provided by an examination in our clinic.

Indications for spinal cord MRI

Among the typical indications for MR diagnostics are the following cases:

  • back pain, numbness of the lower extremities, "lumbago" in the lower back;
  • loss of finger sensitivity;
  • spinal injuries of varying severity;
  • preoperative examination of the spine;
  • conditions after spinal cord surgery;
  • osteochondrosis;
  • intervertebral hernias;
  • tumors of the spinal cord and vertebrae;
  • infringement of nerves and roots;
  • inflammatory processes of various etiologies;
  • degenerative lesions of the spine.

MRI is prescribed by the attending physician after consultation and examination of the patient. An experienced specialist is able to determine which part of the spine needs to be examined. If desired, the patient can sign up for the procedure on his own, this is often done for preventive purposes.

In certain cases, an MRI with contrast may be required. This type of diagnosis is especially in demand if the presence of spinal cord tumors is suspected.


Due to its specificity, namely the use of magnetic fields, MRI diagnostics is impossible if there is a patient in the body:

  • pacemaker;
  • metal implants;
  • metal pins;
  • prosthetic joints;
  • insulin pump;
  • vascular clips.

These are absolute contraindications, they are all united by the presence of a foreign metal body. Relative contraindications include:

mental disorders that do not allow the patient to stay in a stationary state for a long time;

severe diseases of the cardiovascular system, which caused a violation of the function of the heart.

Preparation for the study

It is not necessary to prepare specifically for an MRI of the brain, however, on the eve of the procedure, it is necessary to consult a doctor about possible contraindications to the study.

MRI of the spinal cord
It is advisable to refrain from eating and drinking 1-2 hours before the visit to the clinic.
MRI of the spinal cord
Before the procedure itself, it is necessary to remove all metal objects from the body, including clothes and underwear with elements of any metal.
MRI of the spinal cord
Electronic gadgets (phone, tablet, smart watch, etc.) should also be left in the dressing room.

When going for diagnostics, be sure to take with you:

  • Referral indicating the diagnosis and purpose of the study;
  • The results of previous radiation studies (computed tomography, MRI, radiography, ultrasound);
  • Medical documentation (expert opinions, extracts from the medical history or outpatient card, etc.).

About the procedure

The implementation of diagnostics does not require special training. The main requirement is to remove all metal jewelry, removable dentures, hearing aid, etc. It is not allowed to have buttons or metal zippers, rivets on clothes. Clothes should not restrict movement, if desired, you can change clothes.

The patient lies down on a special table, his head, legs and arms are fixed in the desired position. This is necessary to achieve a certain immobility, on which the accuracy of the diagnosis depends.
Then the table is moved to the tomograph.
During the MRI procedure, the doctor is in the next room behind a glass partition, but he is always in touch with the patient.
The average duration of the examination is 40 minutes.
If a tumor is suspected or a spinal cord tumor is examined, an MRI with contrast is used. This type of diagnosis requires more time – about 1.5 hours.

Our doctors

Magnetic resonance imaging in our clinic is conducted by radiologists with considerable experience, numbering dozens of years of diagnostic practice. These are competent specialists with an excellent reputation, members of the European Association of Radiologists.

Врач Yury Chernov
MR imaging (MRI), SPECT
Experience 45 year
Board certified physician (Highest Category in Radiology), member of the European Society of Radiology
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