Cervical MRI Scan

Cervical Mri Scan: Normal Vs Abnormal

Normal Cervical Mri – Does not show Brain

Abnormal Cervical Mri – Shows Brain

What Is A Cervical MRI?

A cervical MRI scan is a noninvasive procedure used to look at the inside of your body’s organs and structures. You may have one done if you are having problems with any part of your body or if there is something wrong with it. These scans allow doctors to see what parts of your body are working properly and which ones aren’t. They can also give them a better idea of how much damage has been caused to certain areas.

How Does A Cervical MRI Scan Work?

An MRI scanner uses high-energy radio waves to create images of your internal organs and tissues. The radiation causes tiny bubbles of air (called “bubbles”) within the tissue to expand and contract. By measuring these changes, they can tell what kind of structure is being looked at. An example would be looking at the lungs and seeing whether they are inflamed or filled with fluid.

What Is A Cervical Disc?

The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebrae is a thin cushion of cartilage called an intervertebral disc. These discs act as shock absorbers that help the spine move while you are doing different activities. They also help with the proper growth of the spine. As we age these discs become less flexible and are more prone to degenerating. Sometimes the inner material of the disc can bulge out or herniate through the outer edge, putting pressure on the nerves that come from the spinal column. This is what causes most lower back pain and/or sciatica.

What Does A Cervical Disc Herniation Look Like On A Cervical Mri?

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