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Spine MRI

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine, also called a tomography of the spine, makes it possible to analyze the vertebral and paravertebral structures (intervertebral disks, ligaments, muscles) and the portions of the nervous system they contain (spinal cord and nerve roots).

Portions of the spine can be studied together or separately at the request of the attending physician.

  • Cervical
  • Dorsal
  • Lumbar
  • Full spine

Examination procedure

For the examination procedure, you will be asked:

  • to change into a hospital gown and remove your jewellery and other metal objects, which can interfere with image quality
  • to lay comfortably on a mobile examination table located in a light, ventilated room. Depending on the type of examination, a contrast agent such as gadolinium may be injected in order to capture more precise images
  • to wear headphones to listen to music or earplugs if you wish. The MRI machine produces a percussion sound, which may be incommodating for some patients.
  • to remain still from 20 to 60 minutes, the duration of the examination.

The duration, as well as the sounds generated by the system, can make some people uncomfortable. At ImagixTM, the technologist, who watches and listens to you at all times, ensures your comfort and well-being throughout the examination.

Please note that the total duration of your visit for this examination can be between 60 and 90 minutes, even though the examination procedure itself will only last between 20 and 60 minutes.

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 1-800-463-7674.