Detailed imaging of the structures and vessels of the spine.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is a special scan that uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to generate images of your spine and surrounding structures. Spine MRI can be used to evaluate problems with the vertebrae (bones of the spinal column), intervertebral discs, spinal cord, nerves, and ligaments.
In some cases, your doctor may order a spine MRI with intravenous (IV) contrast. This allows for better visualization of bones, spinal cord, nerves, and other structures. Please refer to the About Contrast section for more details.
If you have signs or symptoms that could be caused by a disorder of the spine, your doctor may recommend a spine MRI. For example, you might have problems with back pain or symptoms of a pinched nerve. Spine MRI can be used to:
Spine MRI may also be recommended when planning for spinal surgery, radiation therapy, or biopsy.
To schedule a spine 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.