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Is an MRI the best way to diagnose a herniated disk?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Usually the preferred study. Check out Spine health.com

In brief: Yes

Usually the preferred study. Check out Spine health.com
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Mri is the most sensitive and accurate imaging method of diagnosing a herniated disk and any associated complications.

In brief: Yes

Mri is the most sensitive and accurate imaging method of diagnosing a herniated disk and any associated complications.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: To confirm one

Histiry given by patient and physical exam is usually best was to diagnose a symptomatic disc herbiation and a MRI is then done to confirm diagnosis if more invasive treatment is needed after initial non op care.
One has to realize that even people without any pain when mri's are taken of them there is about a 20% incidence of observing a disk herniation.

In brief: To confirm one

Histiry given by patient and physical exam is usually best was to diagnose a symptomatic disc herbiation and a MRI is then done to confirm diagnosis if more invasive treatment is needed after initial non op care.
One has to realize that even people without any pain when mri's are taken of them there is about a 20% incidence of observing a disk herniation.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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