What Are the Advantages of a Weight-Bearing MRI?

What Are the Advantages of a Weight-Bearing MRI?

A weight-bearing MRI can identify critical issues that aren’t visible under typical MRIs. Weight-bearing MRIs simulate a standing-up position by compressing the lumbar spine the same way that standing up does. They allow for adjustments, rotations, extensions, or sideways bending to replicate natural movements and provide visualization of the spine in a non-relaxed position. Weight-bearing MRIs use no radiation and can provide high-quality imaging. 

Who Needs a Weight-Bearing MRI?

Patients with knee or back issues may need to be examined with a weight-bearing MRI to assess the seriousness of the problem and identify the source of pain or discomfort. They can pick up on issues that aren’t visible in a relaxed position and can only be seen when in a compressed state that replicates standing. Issues such as herniated and bulging discs aren’t visible in images when lying down, so weight-bearing MRIs are needed to get accurate imaging. 

Weight-Bearing MRI With Michigan Diagnostics

If you need a weight-bearing MRI in Oak Park, MI, St Clair Shores, MI, Madison Heights, MI, or the surrounding areas, Michigan Diagnostics can help you. This test could reveal herniation and bulges around the spinal canal that aren’t visible under a typical MRI. Our Radiographers, Dr. Robert Ward and Dr. Byung (“Jason”) Yoon are board-certified radiologists who are active in their field. We are open seven days a week, provide evening and weekend appointments, and have results ready within 24 hours of testing. To learn more about us, call us at 248-244-0757 or contact us online.

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