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Is an MRI better than a CT scan for diagnosing back pain?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: MRI vs CT

A ct myelogram (where contrast is injected to highlight discs, nerves, etc) is comparable to a back mri.
Orthopedic surgeons & neurologists have their preference. Both will do a thorough exam before recommending an imaging study. Conservative treatment with analgesics, muscle relaxers, physical therapy may be enough at first.

In brief: MRI vs CT

A ct myelogram (where contrast is injected to highlight discs, nerves, etc) is comparable to a back mri.
Orthopedic surgeons & neurologists have their preference. Both will do a thorough exam before recommending an imaging study. Conservative treatment with analgesics, muscle relaxers, physical therapy may be enough at first.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends.....

Mri is better at diagnosing disk herniations and is more commonly ordered than ct for back pain.
Ct is better at looking at the bony structure of the spine, though MRI is a close second.

In brief: It depends.....

Mri is better at diagnosing disk herniations and is more commonly ordered than ct for back pain.
Ct is better at looking at the bony structure of the spine, though MRI is a close second.
Dr. Carl Decker
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