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A 43-year-old male asked:

my doc says i have herniated disc. he can tell from symtoms. refuses mri request. says treatment is same. why do most docs do mri for herniation?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Most don't : Diagnosis can be made with near certainty from history and exam. Obtaining an MRI does nothing to treat the problem. So, if you improve as most do over the next 6-12 weeks, it will save the unnecessary cost of a $2-3000 study. Now multiply that by the number of discs seen nationally. It is unnecessary to obtain unless a reason exists otherwise.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston commented
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Bravo !
May 17, 2013
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston commented
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Why dont the xray for back pain restrictions apply for MRI for back pain the xrAy recs are evidence based
May 17, 2013
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Provided original answer
The good docs don't order many first-visit mri's. It's the ones that use tests for diagnosis that make this SEEM like the right thing to do.
May 18, 2013

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Why MRI test does not count danger if it use same type of radiation as cell phone?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Think about it.....: Think about the time exposure issue - if nothing else. Actually the probability that it's the exact same type is low, but... Most will have no more than a very few MRIs in their lifetime and most spend from an hour to several hours a day on their cell. That's often 365 days per year. It's not hard to see a difference.

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