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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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What type of doctor can order a lower extremity joint mri?

What type of doctor can order a lower extremity joint mri?

Various: Evaluation of a joint is done to look for ligament and bony disruption in the case of unexplained pain, ongoing disease (like arthritis) or trauma. A joint MRI can be ordered by your family doctor, an er doctor, an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist. It is performed by a radiologist who will evaluate the results. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order an upper extremity joint MRI without dye?

What type of doctor can order an upper extremity joint MRI without dye?

Any doctor: Mri could be order by any md, do. I think usually order by orthopedic surgeon if he or she suspect some problem he could see vey well on the regular x-ray. ...Read more

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Can having a MRI w/contrast on the thoracic spine can determine whether or not i need facet injections?

Can having a MRI w/contrast on the thoracic spine can determine whether or not i need facet injections?

Yes and No: If there is evidence of facet abnormalities, then yes. Often most of us get some level of facet degeneration as we get older and those of us more active can face more degeneration, however that does not mean we need to treat these issues. Sometimes consideration of facet injection/treatments is based on pain in the area and diagnostic test block of the nerve associated with that joint. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a video fluoroscopy?

What type of doctor can order a video fluoroscopy?

A radiologist: Fluoroscopy is typically done by a trained radiologist. There are various exams that use this technique of doing real time x rays as the procedure is performed with storage of represented images. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a spinal fluid analysis?

What type of doctor can order a spinal fluid analysis?

MDs/DOs: Virtually all mds/dos can order this test, but not all can do it. Typically is done by a neurologist, surgeons/medical residents... ...Read more

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My dr. Has ordered a CT scan with contrast for the cervical and thoraicic area. Does this involve a spinal tap?

My dr. Has ordered a CT scan with contrast for the cervical and thoraicic area.  Does this involve a spinal tap?

No: They will give you an IV contrast material; spinal taps are not usually a part of this procedure. Sometimes a ct myelogram will be performed by a neurosurgeon and they will inject into the spinal canal. If your not doing a myelogram then there is nothing worry about a spinal tap. ...Read more

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Would an MRI of the brain and cervical spine be able to yield info about the source of peripheral neuropathy? Or would lumbar spine be more approp?

Would an MRI of the brain and cervical spine be able to yield info about the source of peripheral neuropathy? Or would lumbar spine be more approp?

Lumbar puncture (LP): If peripheral neuropathy is the diagnosis, then a lumbar puncture wd prob be higher yield than an MRI. MRI only detects anatomical abnormalities. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by a systemic condition - infection, metabolic (diabetes), auto-immune, etc. It is a functional (not anatomic) problem. In the right context, a LP cd show evid 4 viral, MS, & other causes. MRI will likely yield nothing. ...Read more

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What would be the point of ordering a thoracic MRI without contrast versus with contrast?

What would be the point of ordering a thoracic MRI without contrast versus with contrast?

MRI w/w/out Contrast: MRI uses magnetic fields to form images in the body and term with and without contrast comprises the series of films of the MRI. The study is performed with contrast in event there is need for specific differentiation of tumor from other structures, find smaller lesions, and see dynamic assessment of lesion (how active). ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a thyroid scan?

What type of doctor can order a thyroid scan?

Many: A thyroid scan gives info about metabolic activity in the thyroid gland. Almost any doctor involved in general medical care would be able to order this test if the patients history or physical findings supported the need. Depending on test results you may require follow up with an endocrinologist or a surgeon. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order an endoscopic ultrasound?

What type of doctor can order an endoscopic ultrasound?

Usually specialists: Endoscopic ultrasound (i.e. Eus) is performed by gastroenterologists who are specifically trained in this relatively new technique. The test is usually ordered by gastroenterologists, surgeons, and oncologists (cancer doctors), to check for tumors within and adjacent to the walls of the esophagus, stomach, and bowel. ...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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If I have aseptic necrosis of hip, thoracic spine and neck. Why woukd a doctor send me to rehabilitation?

If I have aseptic necrosis of hip,  thoracic spine and neck. Why woukd a doctor send me to rehabilitation?

Aseptic necrosis of-: -hips need an orthopedic surgeon,. There is not a Dx of aseptic necrosis of the spine. They may mean degenerative arthritis, or vertebral compression. If so @ your age you also need 2 see a fellowship trained spine surgeon, my preference is an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in spine. Common causes in your age group makes me think steroid exposure, alcoholics, renal dialysis. GET EVAL ...Read more

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What is the best machine (x-ray, CT scan or mri) to see/identify arthritis? More specifically for hip and back arthritis. Thank you :)

What is the best machine (x-ray, CT scan or mri) to see/identify arthritis? More specifically for hip and back arthritis. Thank you :)

X-ray often good: Each imaging modality has its own strengths and weaknesses. Usually will start with a regular x-ray..Since it may answer the question, is fast, easy and less expensive. If it does not answer the question, a ct or MRI may be needed. The MRI would be the best to see if there is nerve root impingement, and is best for looking at the discs. ...Read more

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What type of doctor would one see for severe Thoracic nueral spinal stenosis with severe pain, a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist?

What type of doctor would one see for severe Thoracic nueral  spinal stenosis with severe pain, a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist?

Both are ok: Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before considering surgery. Hopefully, your primary care doctor can help to point you in the right direction. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the surgeon you choose has expertise in treating your problem. Check out healthgrades.Com. ...Read more

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If one of my rib is out of alignment can it been seen on a X-ray or MRI with contrast? Can a spine surgeon determine this type of injury? Back pain!

If one of my rib is out of alignment can it been seen on a X-ray or MRI with contrast? Can a spine surgeon determine this type of injury? Back pain!

Don't understand: I'm not sure what it means for a rib to be out of alignment. X-rays can pick up some rib fractures, but if they are small or subtle it can be hard. Contrast on an MRI is completely unnecessary for a rib fracture, and a ct would likely be better for rib fractures anyways. And keep in mind that most rib fractures require no treatment. ...Read more

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What can a doctor learn from a spinal MRI?

What can a doctor learn from a spinal MRI?

Packed full of info: A spinal MR is done to look at the spine and its surrounding structures. It is most commonly used in the work up of back pain, but it is also used to evaluate fractures, infections involving the vertebrae, tumors on or around the spine, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis that effect the myelination of the spine. ...Read more