This photo demonstrates on how a patient is being positioned in a MRI Scanner.
There is an alternative, an open MRI scanner for those patients who are claustrophobic.
I do wish to share with the readers who have visited my orthopedic blog regarding the outcome of my decompression and fusion. A L4-L5 posterolateral spinal fusion and hemi-laminectomy, my own autograft bone with pedicle screws and rod instrumentation, a L5-S1 decompression was performed by an orthopedic surgeon at St. Jude Hospital, in December of 2010. Immediately after this spine surgery, I began experiencing the worse sciatica pain and muscle spasms you could ever imagine.
I had become suspicious that my surgeon failed in his attempts to perform a successful spine surgery to alleviate my pain. As months went by, I felt that I didn't get honest answers or real help from the orthopedic surgeon. I sought the medical advice from several other orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, and an internal medicine specialist in Orange County. I had no options left except to return to pain management.
My pain level had increased from a five to a nine on a pain scale. I experienced right numbness and tingling sensations every time I would ambulate a few blocks. During my office visit with the neurologist, she performed nerve function tests on me checking for both motor and sensory reflexes. She was concerned when there was absent reflexes found in my exam. I was told to go further and obtain a detailed imaging of my spinal cord, discs, ligaments and showing more in detail the soft tissue of my lumbar spine from T2 though the L5-S1 vertebral column. It was recommended that I undergo a T3 Tesla MRI to be done at a well known radiology imaging center. Tesla (T) is the unit of measurement quantifying the strength of a magnetic field. Prior to the 3 Tesla Machine, the high-field standard was 1.5 Tesla. This unique scanner generates a magnetic field that is twice the strength of 1.5 Tesla machines and 10 to 15 times the strength of low field or open MRI scanners. The magnetic field produced by the 3T Magnetom MRI System yields exceptional anatomic detail in both the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 3 Tesla MRI is an encyclopedia. This increased image clarity revealed by 3T is particularly beneficial for such pathological conditions involving the brain, spine and musculoskeletal system. This reconstructed scanner is advantageous over the other MRI machines. I believe it is worth researching which MRI diagnostic center who has the latest technology in its imaging machine to get a higher quality testing procedure performed. Most insurance companies will allow for it and pay the same rate in its insurance reimbursement fees.
Patients assume they are getting the same results from any MRI scanner but they are being mislead by their doctors. You need to insist on it. On April 17, 2013, I was referred to the Newport Diagnostics Center in Newport Beach at their specific testing site. What is sets them apart from other centers is that they have a state of the art in magnetic imaging, known as the 3T Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine. This scanner is considered to be a gold standard in the field of radiological imaging showing better quality in scanning for abnormalities and providing concise diagnostic information in all areas of spine imaging. The 3T Magnetom scanner machine has a more finer detail in 3D sagittal and coronal reconstructions in both orthopedic and neurosurgery spinal imaging.
The physician who is ordering this test may not know about it or not advise the patient and be sent somewhere else. Unfortunately, you may possibly obtain less satisfactory and quality in radiological scanning. It really makes a big difference in the quality of the radiological interpretation when it comes to preoperative surgical planning.
I am revealing the recent results of my Tesla 3T MRI report which unfortunately shows adjacent lumbar segment disease.
*Multilevel spondylosis with degenerative central canal stenosis moderately pronounced at the L3-L4 lumbar level.
*Multilevel foraminal stenosis moderately marked at L5-S1 on the right.
*L4-L5 postsurgical changes