MRI SCAN THORACIC SPINE

What’s the thoracic spine?

This is the area of the spine that starts from the base of the cervical spine which is located on the neck and runs down to the lower back where it is linked to the lumbar spine. A doctor may refer a patient for a thorough examination of the thoracic spine .

When a patient complains of thoracic spine pain , they will be subjected to a rigorous physical examination first. In some cases, a Thoracic spine MRI may be requested to aid proper diagnosis. This procedure uses advanced imaging techniques to take photos of thin, cross-sections of the spine, specifically spines T1 to T12.

An MRI for thoracic spine shows snapshots of discs, nerves, spinal cord, and other soft tissues in this region of the spine. A trained radiographer and consultant radiologist will be able to point out anomalies and other irregularities occurring in this region which require closer attention. In many cases, scan results may reveal incidental findings that also need to be investigated – that includes health conditions involving adjacent organs.

What does a thoracic spine MRI show?

Images taken will be able to reveal several underlying causes of debilitating and discomforting pain reported at varying degrees affecting this region, including the following:

  • Abnormal spine curvature. This condition is often caused by injury to thoracic spine , mostly due to poor posture. In children, this is often associated with carrying heavy backpacks.
  • Injury and fractures. Thoracic spine injury is commonly caused by accidents involving falls, slips, vehicle collisions, and sports-related causes. During the moment of impact, bones, joints, discs, and other soft tissues may become dislocated.
  • Herniated or Slipped Discs and Spinal Cord Problems. Abnormal growths, shrinking, and dislocation of spine discs also cause excruciating pain in the thoracic spine area. In some instances, the overgrowth causes the spinal column’s inner area to shrink, eventually pressing on the spinal cord. In other cases, these spine conditions may irritate nerves and affect the proper functioning of that body part where the nerve is connected to, such as one of the legs.
  • Infections and swelling. A Thoracic Spine MRI will reveal these conditions that often spread to the bone from adjacent organs that are infected. One such condition is osteomyelitis which can spread to the bone from a bacteria present in the bloodstream, or an open wound, including surgery.
  • Tumours. Cancerous growths may spread to the spine. This condition has been more commonly observed among patients who are diagnosed with breast, prostate, and lung cancers. Early symptoms that cancer growths have affected this region of the spine include thoracic spine chest pain.

Thoracic spine MRI cost in the UK varies across providers. Whether self-pay, subsidized, or covered by private medical insurance, the procedure usually costs at least £200. Other factors such as specific cross-sections requested by the doctor, inclusion of other areas of the spine, and use of a contrast solution to produce clearer images all entail additional costs. If you require your results to be reported earlier, that will sometimes entail additional fees.

 

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BRONZE

£199for thoracic 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 thoracic 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 thoracic 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.