MRI & X-RAY PROCEDURES


MRI & X-RAY

MRIs and x-rays are commonly used as a diagnostic tool for various spine conditions. At Atlantic Spine Specialists, Dr. Carl P. Giordano and Dr. Richard S. Nachwalter may employ the use of MRIs and x-rays to assess your condition. If you have already taken x-rays or MRIs, they can look at the existing scans. If you haven’t yet done any imaging or need to have additional imaging, you can get it through Atlantic Spine Specialists.

Are you ready to get back to your life? Atlantic Spine Specialists is dedicated to relieving pain and restoring function. Take those first steps toward achieving that goal and meet with one of our fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeons. Request a consultation at Atlantic Spine Specialists in Morristown, New Jersey, or call our office at (973) 971-3500.

MRI & X-RAY

Q & A

WHAT IS AN MRI?

An MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging scan) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed cross-sectional images of the internal organs and structures within the body.

It is non-invasive, painless and does not use potentially harmful ionizing radiation.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I GET AN MRI?

There is very little preparation required before an MRI scan. You can have no metal such as jewelry on your body during the scan. If being in an enclosed space makes you anxious you can be given medication prior to the MRI to help relax you during the procedure. There are also open MRI machines in some facilities if claustrophobia is a real concern. Blankets, cushions and earplugs or headphones will be provided for comfort and to block out the sound of the scanner.

During the scan, it is important to remain as still as possible to prevent blurring of the imaging. You will be in contact with the technician and they will talk you through the scan as it progresses. If you feel uncomfortable during the scanning procedure, you can request it be stopped at any time.

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