MRI Scan Without and With Dye - Thoracic Spine

This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the middle part of the spine (thoracic spine).

This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the middle part of the spine (thoracic spine).

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the thoracic spine is a test that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the middle part of the spine. The images include the bones (vertebrae), discs and spinal cord.

  • This is done before and after a dye is put into a vein in your arm or hand.
  • The dye helps to highlight the structures in your spine so they can be seen better.

One of the most frequent reasons to order an MRI of the thoracic spine would be to find the cause of persistent (> six weeks) back pain. This MRI can detect:

  • Tumors
  • Herniated discs
  • Pressure on the spinal cord from a number of different medical problems

MRI machines use powerful magnets, so tell your health care provider if you have any metal or medical devices in your body.

  • You must lie still during the exam. Moving could blur the images.
  • The contrast dye may cause you to feel flushed or to have a bad taste in your mouth for a short time.
  • An MRI can take up to an hour, but newer machines may be much faster.

If you are pregnant and your health care provider feels an MRI would give helpful information, he or she may order this test. Be sure to talk about the benefits and risks of the test with your health care provider.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is my diagnosis and the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • Are there any less expensive, but effective, alternatives to my getting this test?

Remind your health care provider if there are any metal(s) or medical device(s) in your body.


Also known as:

Middle Spine MRI WO Dye
Middle Spine MRI WO Contrast
MRI Middle Spine WO Dye
MRI Middle Spine WO Contrast
Middle Spine MRI W Dye
MRI Middle Spine W Contrast
MRI Middle Spine W Dye
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