Visualizing the structures of the neck area.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the neck is a special scan that uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to generate images of the inner structures of the neck. This test can be used to evaluate symptoms such as neck pain, weakness in the arms/legs, or lumps felt in the neck. Neck MRI can detect aneurysms, tumors, infections, and other disorders associated with the neck region.
In some cases, your doctor may order a neck MRI with intravenous (IV) contrast. This allows for better visualization of blood vessels and other structures. Please refer to the About Contrast section for more details about MRI scanning.
Your doctor may recommend a neck MRI if you have symptoms that could be caused by an abnormality in structures of your neck. You might notice a lump, neck discomfort, or trouble swallowing, or your doctor might feel something while examining your neck, such as enlarged lymph nodes. Diseases and disorders of the neck can include:
Neck MRI may also be recommended when planning for neck surgery, radiation therapy, or biopsy. For evaluating neck spinal injuries, your doctor will decide whether to order a computer tomography (CT scan) or MRI scan. CT scans are better for visualizing bone (fractures) while MRI is usually better for looking at soft tissue (herniated discs, spinal cord damage, pinched nerves, etc.).
To schedule a neck MRI, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days.
If you are getting your MRI at ARA and want to know more,...
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.