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Back MRI services offered in Burbank, CA


When the cause of spinal pain requires further investigation, a back MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan could be invaluable. Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc in Burbank, California, has state-of-the-art open MRI that provides exceptionally detailed pictures of the structures in your back. To arrange your back MRI, call Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc today or book an appointment online.

Back MRI Q & A

What is a back MRI?

A back MRI is a diagnostic tool for evaluating the causes of spinal disorders and injuries.

The MRI machine uses magnets and radiofrequency waves to make multiple cross-sectional images of the inside of your body. It enables your doctor to see soft tissues like muscles and organs as well as bones.

An MRI scan produces different images from other procedures. MRIs offer the most detail, featuring all the structures in your back, from the discs to the spinal cord and even the spaces in your vertebrae that nerves pass through.

A back MRI can focus on any part of your spine. A lumbar MRI examines your lower back, a thoracic MRI of your upper back, and a cervical MRI your neck.

Why would I need a back MRI?

Your doctor might want to see an MRI scan of your back to help diagnose or treat spinal problems. They might order a back MRI if you have symptoms such as:

  • Back pain with a fever
  • Congenital spine abnormalities
  • Spinal trauma
  • Persistent or severe back pain
  • Bladder problems
  • Signs of brain or spine cancer
  • Weakness or numbness in your legs

Injuries like fractures or herniated discs, chronic back conditions, diseases, or infections could be causing your symptoms. After performing a physical examination, your doctor might order an X-ray, CT scan, or other procedure depending on what they think might be wrong.

Your surgeon might order a back MRI if you’re due for spinal surgery. The MRI helps them plan your surgery more accurately.

How is a back MRI performed?

A regular MRI machine is a large donut-shaped ring with a bench for you to lie on. The bench slides inside the ring, which completely encloses you. Many people find the close confines of a standard MRI make them claustrophobic. Considering an MRI might last up to 90 minutes and you have to keep as still as possible, that can be quite a challenge.

Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc uses open MRI technology, which eliminates claustrophobia. The machine doesn’t entirely enclose your body so you won’t feel trapped. The machine Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc uses is also quieter and quicker than a standard MRI.

To find out more about the benefits of open MRI for diagnosing back pain, call Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc today or book an appointment online.