MRIs provide a picture of the anatomy of the spine
MRIs can be used to plan treatment with you and rule out serious conditions such as cancer or fractures
MRIs are rarely needed for people with back or neck pain
MRIs should be requested after assessment by a specialist
- Some of the words used in MRI reports can sound scary. However, we know that nine out of ten people with no pain have degeneration of discs on MRI (1,2).
- These findings are more common as we become older and can be signs of a naturally maturing spine.