How Much Does a Lumbar MRI Cost?

A MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a painless, non-invasive, and safe medical examination that aids physicians in identifying and treating the medical conditions of patients.  It uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to come up with a detailed three dimensional pictures of the lumbar spine, which includes the disks, bones, and almost all other internal body structure of the patient.  Unlike a CAT scan or CT scan, an MRI does not use radiation.

Sometimes, an MRI is conducted to evaluate the anatomy of the lumbar spine, to serve as guide in the planning for surgery on the spine or to observe the changes in the spine after an operation.  A lumbar MRI may also be used to determine the problem with the back in the first place, whether it is a slipped disc, narrowing of the spinal column, etc.  The cost of a lumbar MRI is very comparable to an MRI of any other part of the body for other reasons.  Because the back is such an integral part of the body, a lumbar MRI may be unavoidable in some cases.


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