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?
1 doctor answer • 5 doctors weighed in
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.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Why MRI test does not count danger if it use same type of radiation as cell phone?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
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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