Importance Radiologist Weight-Bearing MRI Experience | Salubrio MRI | Brio San Antonio MRI
• Salubrio’s radiologists have interpreted over 4500 Tiltable MRI® examinations in 4 imaging centers and internationally recognized experts in Stress Test MRI®.
• In our experience, Stress Test MRI® demonstrates 30-40% more significant abnormalities than the supine (lying down) MRI images alone.
• Weight-bearing flexion-extension views in the cervical spine frequently show dynamic disc herniation and spinal cord compression not seen on supine imaging alone.
• RadPics® are key images selected and annotated by the radiologist to demonstrate abnormalities and are attached to all Brio San Antonio reports.
• Patients complete pain diagrams to document distribution of symptoms that allow us to correlate positional radicular symptoms with Stress Test MRI®
Weight-bearing MRI is inherently different than the conventional MRI examinations performed with the patient lying flat on the imaging table. Weight-bearing MRI exams performed using an Esaote Tiltable MRI™ scanner are dynamic studies with images obtained in both standing and recumbent (i.e. lying down) positions.
It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of radiologist weight-bearing MRI experience to understand the range of normal appearances of anatomic structures in both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing (e.g. recumbent position).
The images of a normal patient have a different appearance while recumbent than the same patient during a weight bearing standing MRI. Soft tissues and joints compress, spinal discs bulge, knee menisci flatten, and shoulder labra distort.
It is very important for radiologists and other examiners to understand the normal range of appearances in both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing positions in order to accurately diagnose abnormalities.
Many symptomatic individuals experience symptoms (e.g. pain, numbness, weakness, or instability) while standing or bearing weight that is relived or improved when they lie down and remove their body weight. Tiltable MRI™ allows the radiologist to compare the appearance of neural structures during weight-bearing (standing) to the appearance of neural structures while non-weight-bearing (lying down or recumbent). It is important for the radiologist to have weight-bearing MRI experience with distinguishing the normal range appearances from abnormal appearances.
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