MRI SCAN LUMBAR SPINE

An MRI of the Lumbar Spine (lower back) can be helpful in diagnosing various conditions of the cartilage and bone structure resulting from injury, disease, or ageing by imaging bones, soft tissue, nerves and disks. The MRI scan can highlight any abnormalities in the spinal canal or spinal cord and assess the spinal disks to determine whether they are bulging, ruptured or pressing on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves.

Lumbar Spine

The NHS reports that back pain is the leading cause of disability in the UK, with an estimated 11% of that specifically caused by lower back or lumbar spine problems. An MRI for lumbar spine can be a helpful tool in assessing the underlying cause of chronic lower back pain and a lumbar spine MRI will typically be able to show details of wear and tear on your spine. Although, these types of damage are considered normal and almost always to be expected with increasing age. Apart from suffering from a lumbar spine injury , an MRI of the lower back is usually ordered when there is reason to suspect a serious spine condition following a thorough lumbar spine examination .

Some underlying causes of back pain may not be due to any injury to the spine, but indicate something is wrong with an organ or another part of the body where back pain is only a symptom. When lumbar spine special tests , such as the movement of the spine test, leg raising test, and passive lumbar extension test, suggest there could be a serious condition of the spine, a lumbar spine MRI scan will likely be considered.

What does lumbar spine MRI show ? The scan image from an MRI will be able to show details of soft tissues, nerves, muscles, and discs located in the lower back. It can reveal pinched nerves, compressed nerves, herniated discs, spinal tumours, fracture, and other signs of wear and tear.

Some of the conditions that a lumbar spine scan can help diagnose are misalignment of the spine (Spondylolisthesis) and multiple sclerosis. Chronic lower back pain which may be accompanied by a fever, numbness, or weakness of the legs and irregularities in bladder conditions may also prompt the physician to order a lumbar spine and sacral MRI.

Furthermore, a lumbar MRI can help in monitoring lumbar spine treatment progress. It can also provide robust information to aid spine surgery and evaluate post-surgery results.

Lumbar spine MRI cost starts at £200. MRI scan lumbar spine cost in the UK may be shouldered by private medical insurance, but coverage may vary across patients.

Before booking an appointment, make sure to check lumbar spine MRI price from the MRI scanning centre and get confirmation from your private medical insurance provider about your coverage so you can avail it for this procedure.  Alternatively patient can self-pay for MRI scans.

Other than checking on lumbar spine MRI scan cost , it will also help to come prepared for the procedure. Make sure to take note of all instructions made by the doctor and the attending radiographer. Disclose any condition that may not make you qualified for the procedure, such as possible pregnancy.

It will be good for you to note that MRI is a completely non-invasive diagnostic procedure. Expect to walk in and walk out of the clinic immediately after getting scanned. The MRI scan, in particular, only takes about 30 minutes to complete. However, getting you ready in your lab gown means you should arrive early for your appointment. Expect further prep time in case your doctor requires administration of gadolinium, a liquid that helps produce clearer MRI image results.

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THREE OPTIONS – THREE PRICES

BRONZE

£199for lumbar spine

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • *Free* Radiologist Report Within 7 days

SILVER

£249for lumbar spine

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • Sub-Specialist Radiologist Report
    Within 2 working days

    Why do I need a sub-specialist radiologist report?

    A report by a sub-specialist means that the radiologist reporting on your scan is knowledgeable in the body area you are having scanned.

GOLD

£299for lumbar spine

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • Double Specialist Radiologist Report
    Within 2 working days

    Why do I need a double specialist radiologist report?

    A double report means that your MRI results will be examined by 2 consultant radiologists, who will compile 2 individual reports with their findings. This is especially helpful if you are looking for a second opinion.