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Usually ordered as MRI of the C-spine (cervical), T-spine (thoracic) or L-spine (lumbar).
Ordered to look at the structural integrity and the soft tissues of the spine, including the spinal cord and bone marrow.
- Cord tumor
- Spinal infection
- Postoperative evaluation (for infection)
- Compression fractures
It is preferred that the decision to use contrast be left up to the imaging physician.
Therefore, it is important to give thorough indication and relative history because contrast may be indicated, or special views may be needed.