Magnetic resonance imaging, more commonly known as an MRI, is a diagnostic procedure performed by medical professionals to provide a high-resolution image of the interior of the body. Although similar to an X-ray in that it can view the inside of the body in a non-invasive way, an MRI is generally used to provide images of soft tissue, rather than bone. This is the preferred method to diagnose spine and joint conditions that aren’t fractured.
The MRI procedure is typically part of the evaluation process to determine if a patient dealing with chronic pain is a candidate for surgery. This detailed imagery allows our surgeons to see the exact cause of symptoms and whether an operation could be effective. If you have been living with constant back pain, reach out to our team at BEST Health System and see what diagnostic options are available to you.