MRI of the cervical spine
Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine is a common method for diagnosing the condition of the vertebrae and soft tissues of this area. It is most often used in patients with signs of osteochondrosis, frequent headaches and traumatic complications. MRI allows you to judge the extent and severity of inflammatory and destructive disorders in the cervical spine.
The power of the MRI apparatus in the Medicina clinic is 3 Tesla. The research is conducted around the clock.
Possibilities of MRI of the cervical spine
The cervical spine MRI method has wide diagnostic capabilities. It allows you to recognize intervertebral hernias, neoplasms, circulatory disorders, congenital malformations, changes in cartilage tissue. The modern tomograph used in the Medicina clinic makes it easier to diagnose injuries sustained in car accidents and natural disasters, when there are injuries to the nerves, joints and intervertebral discs of the cervical spine.
To enhance visualization, contrast enhancement is applied. The drug is injected into a vein before the diagnostic procedure. After research, it is excreted from the body without having any negative effects.
Indications for MRI of the cervical spine:
- headaches, numbness, tingling in the fingers;
- pain, crunch, lumbago in the cervical spine;
- osteochondrosis of the neck;
- tinnitus, signs of atherosclerosis and cerebral circulation disorders;
- intervertebral hernia;
- narrowing of the lumen of the spinal canal;
- pathological neoplasms in the region of the cervical vertebrae;
- oncological processes, diagnosis of metastases;
- arachnoiditis, multiple sclerosis;
- injuries, accidents, neck injuries;
- preoperative diagnostics;
- control over the treatment.
Contraindications to MRI of the cervical spine
Magnetic resonance therapy using contrast is contraindicated:
- pregnant women;
- nursing mothers;
- patients with diabetes mellitus and kidney pathologies.
The non-contrast technique of magnetic resonance imaging has practically no contraindications. It is used with caution during pregnancy (in women with habitual miscarriages, the threat of placental abruption, during critical periods of fetal development).
MRI in claustrophobic patients is done with an open loop or with medication. Contraindication to such a diagnosis for people who do not control their own movements and have schizophrenia or similar behavior disorders. Patients with implanted metal objects cannot undergo this type of diagnosis. MRI with contrast is performed on an empty stomach.