Navigation Links
MRI Emerges As Vital Resource in Treatment of Back Pain

ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a growing technology providing an increasing number of clinical benefits when used in the evaluation of back pain according to an article in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( It is predicted that over the next several years, additional technical developments will allow MRI to provide even more useful orthopaedic benefits.

Co-author Victor M. Haughton, MD, department of radiology, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, says, "Because of the many different ways to gather this important information, MRI can be used to identify or display almost every type of spinal tissue or pathology. The imaging sequence can be modified to meet many different clinical needs." Those include:

  • Back pain
  • Infection
  • Tumor
  • Trauma and vascular disease

Researchers continue to find new ways to apply technologies that were previously used exclusively on other areas of the body. MRI which is considered safe, fast and versatile is now being used in several spinal applications such as:

MRI scans are produced by stimulating the protons in tissues and liquids (such as fat, muscle, spinal cord, and fluid in the spine) using radiofrequency waves in the presence of a magnetic field. MRI detects the amount of energy emitted from these protons. This technology makes MRI well suited to evaluate spaces between spinal vertebrae, bone marrow, the spinal canal, and in soft tissues. Therefore MRI has been shown to be useful for almost every spinal pathology including; diseases of the spinal cord, nerve roots, vertebrae, disks and blood vessels. With MRI there is no radiation risk to the patient.

Computed tomography (CT) has also improved in resolution and scanning speed and is often the only imaging method available for patients with pacemakers, nerve stimulators, or those who suffer from claustrophobia. For these individuals, CT can provide structural information needed for diagnosis in many back pain cases. However, CT does include some exposure to radiation.

MRI, although a very important technology, should never take the place of a thorough medical history and physical examination. Also, there are often structural findings or "abnormalities" on MRI that are not clinically relevant and not necessarily related to a patient's symptoms. MRI findings must always correlate with the patient's clinical picture.

"The possibilities of magnetic resonance have not yet been realized. It is a rapidly evolving field. When we need tools to identify a possible herniated disk (, the simplest type of MR imaging or CT imaging can be used successfully. However, if you want to find out which disk is causing pain, which nerve is firing, which metabolites are present in abnormal amounts, or how well the spinal elements are functioning, MR will provide the answers," adds Dr. Haughton.

Disclosure: Neither Dr. Haughton or any member of his immediate family has received anything of value from, or owns stock in, a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.

More information about the AAOS:


SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Potential Breakthrough Cancer Treatment Emerges from MIPS-Funded Clinical Trial Teaming CSA Medical Inc. and University of Maryland Researchers
2. Colorado Cancer Research Program Will Host Golf Event to Drive the Message that Clinical Trials Play a Vital Role in the Quest to Find a Cure for Cancer
3. Interim Analysis Supports Continuation of Cell Genesys VITAL-1 Phase 3 Clinical Trial of GVAX Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer
4. Vital Therapies Announces Presentation of ELAD(R) Artificial Liver Data at American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2007 Annual Meeting
5. McGraw-Hill Professional Launches Drug Effectiveness Resource on AccessPharmacy
6. Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Focuses Resources on Development of Voreloxin (Formerly SNS-595)
7. CenterWatch Releases State of the Clinical Trials Industry 2008 - A Key Industry Resource for Market Research and Competitive Intelligence
8. Trojan(R) and the National Sexuality Resource Centers Campaign for Sexual Literacy Recognize Outstanding College Reporting on Sexual Health
9. Demand for Spanish-Language Cancer Web Materials Quadruples; Internet Resources and Access Remain Scarce
10. New Resource Available for People With Lymphoma
11. Arena Pharmaceuticals Announces Preliminary Results of Phase 2b Clinical Trial of APD125 for the Treatment of Insomnia
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 27, 2015 Research ... of the "Global Intrauterine Devices Market 2015-2019" ... --> In this report, the author ... intrauterine devices market for 2015-2019. To calculate the market ... of following type of products: Hormonal IUDs and copper ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... PUNE, India , November ... --> ... / personal emergency response system ... grow steadily for 5 years ... growing region expected to see ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26 november 2015 AAIPharma Services ... geplande investering aan van ten minste $15,8 ... en het mondiale hoofdkantoor in ... resulteren in extra kantoorruimte en extra capaciteit ... groeiende behoeften van de farmaceutische en biotechnologische ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of its members are under ... under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population - are infected with ... infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle Li, Co-Founder of the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in America", which is hosted ... array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to providing the world with ... changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a time. , In ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... CBD College is proud to announce that on ... accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CBD College is honored to join this ... colleges and universities in the state of California make the cut. CBD College is ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces ... This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was ... in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably when people think Thanksgiving, ... choose to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday massage chair sales ... search the Internet high and low to find the best massage chair deals, they ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):