What is an MRI of the spine for?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: November 19, 2019

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What is an MRI of the spine for?

An MRI is used to obtain images of the internal structures of the body, such as: the spine, internal organs, the brain, etc. In this article we will tell you a little more about how it works and how it is used in the diagnosis of spinal conditions.

How does magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) work?

The Magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI, uses a magnet to generate a magnetic field. This field causes hydrogen atoms (present in the body's water content) to resonate-vibrate at a certain frequency, which can be picked up by the MRI machine.

Thus, images of the body’s inside can be obtained without the need to invade or intervene in it, being one of the greatest advances in medical science as far as diagnosis is concerned.


  • It is a painless procedure
  • Bones or bony structures do not prevent the visualization of other parts of the body
  • It does not use radiation
  • It is more accurate than other similar studies (such as x-rays).

MRI of the spine

In order to obtain images of the spine, the patient is placed on a table which is then entered into the resonance machine. After a few minutes on the table, the images are obtained. There is no pain, sensation or side effect on the patient’s health. It can help to obtain images of structures of the spine such as: vertebrae, intervertebral discs, tissues and muscles that surround it as well as its general anatomy. It is used to diagnose, among other conditions:

  • Narrow lumbar canal
  • Spinal malformations
  • Tumors
  • Hemorrhages
  • Herniated discs

Schedule an appointment at the Centro de la Columna Vertebral

At theCentro de la Columna Vertebral we specialize in treating conditions and diseases that affect the spine. If you already have an MRI, the assessment appointment is completely free.

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“The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691.”

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