You can see 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 want to share with the readers who visit my orthopedic blog about the outcome of my L4-L5 posterolateral spinal fusion and hemi-laminectomy with autograft bone and pedicle rod instrumentation, L5-S1 decompression performed by an orthopedic surgeon at St. Jude Hospital in December of 2010. Soon after this spine surgery, I began experiencing the worse sciatica pain and muscle spasms you can ever imagine.
I became suspicious that my surgeon failed in his attempts to perform a successful surgery and to alleviate my pain. As months went by, I felt I didn't get honest answers or real help from the orthopedic surgeon. In March 2013, I sought the medical advice form a noted neurologist in Orange County. I also had returned to pain management.
My pain level increased from a five to a nine on a pain scale. I experience 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 specific 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 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, the 3 Tesla MRI is an encyclopedia. The 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 for their specific testing site. What is different 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 the gold standard in the field of radiological imaging showing better quality and providing more 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 neurosurgery spinal imaging.
The physician ordering this test may not know about it or advise the patient and be sent somewhere else. Unfortunately, you may possibly obtain less satisfactory and quality in scanning results. It really makes a big difference in the quality of the radiological interpretation when it comes to preoperative surgical planning.
I am telling you about the recent results of my Tesla 3T MRI report which unfortunately shows problems with my lumbar spine
*Multilevel spondylosis with degenerative central canal stenosis moderately pronounced at the L3-L4 lumbar level.
*Multilevel foraminal stenosis moederately marked at L5-S1 on the right.
*L4-L5 postsurgical changes