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Cervical MRI

Cervical magnetic resonance imaging enables us to capture detailed images of the upper spine in the neck region.

This examination is generally prescribed to assess or diagnose:

  • A tumour or cancer of the spine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Severe scoliosis
  • A lesion, a trauma to the spine or a site of infection within the spine

Examination procedure

For the examination, we will ask you to:

  • Put on a hospital gown and remove your jewelry, along with any metal objects that could affect image quality.
  • Lie comfortably on a mobile examination table in a well-lit and ventilated room. Depending on the type of examination, a contrast agent such as gadolinium may be injected to capture more accurate images.
  • If you wish, wear earplugs or headphones with music. The MRI device produces a noise similar to percussion and this can be annoying for some patients.
  • Remain still for 20 to 60 minutes while the examination is performed.

Preparing for the Examination

Aucune préparation n’est requise avant l’IRM du cou. Nous vous demanderons cependant d’éviter l’usage de crème, de maquillage ou de lotion après-rasage sur le cou et le visage.

A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.
Please note that MRI examinations are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). However, most group insurance plans cover the costs.

If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1 833 590-2715.