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What type of doctor can order a thoracic spine MRI with dye?

What type of doctor can order a thoracic spine MRI with dye?

Any: Any type of doctor can order this type of mri, however if there is a back problem it would be best to be seen by a doctor with experience in this condition (neurologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, some internists or family medicine doctors, etc) to make sure that this is the correct test. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thoracic spine MRI with dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thoracic spine MRI with dye ordered?

Spine MRI: Although your pcp can order a spine mri, but i advise you to be seen by either a neurologist of neuro surgeon inorder to be more specific, sometimes according to the symptoms may be you need to have an MRI of other part of the spine and also to have benefit of the spine MRI it is better to be reviewed carefully especially if eventually you need to be seen by the specialist. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine MRI without dye?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine MRI without dye?

Typically not: Because there is no dye being used, lab tests are not usually required for the scan itself. That being said, many of the conditions that would prompt a doctor to request a thoracic MRI would also lead him or her to request lab tests as well. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the thoracic spine MRI without dye?

You can drive: Without contrast , you can drive after mri. If contrast is used, it is best to bring a driver in case there are any problems (very rare). ...Read more

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Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine?Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine?Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Yes: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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How long does the cervical spine MRI with dye take?

How long does the cervical spine MRI with dye take?

C-spine MRI duration: Count on at least an hour or two for preparation for the study and time to do the study without and then with contrast. Add more time if you move during the study, for that will produce suboptimal (unreadable) images. If you suffer from claustrophobia, the doc can prescribe med for anxiety to relax you during the study. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the cervical spine MRI with dye?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the cervical spine MRI with dye?

Depends: The dye used for MRI should not affect your ability to drive. If you require sedation to tolerate the MRI you should have someone drive you home. ...Read more

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LEFT body pain 24/7 for 8yrs.No pain on right.Brain/Spine MRI -ve.Pain disappears during menstrual & reappears after.No doc found cause or lower pain?

LEFT body pain 24/7 for 8yrs.No pain on right.Brain/Spine MRI -ve.Pain disappears during menstrual & reappears after.No doc found cause or lower pain?

Sounds complex: I do not think we will be able to answer this in 400 characters since it has been 8 years and you have seen multiple doctors. I would start with your primary care doctor to go through what tests have been done so far and to help organize a plan for further evaluation and testing. Let the primary care doctor coordinate the various referrals for you. ...Read more