How long does it take to do an MRI of the lumbar spine?
25-45 minute scan time. MRI of the Lumbar Spine … 20-35 minute scan time. MRI of the Pelvis …
A lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses energy from strong magnets to create pictures of the lower part of the spine (lumbar spine). An MRI does not use radiation (x-rays). Single MRI images are called slices. The images can be stored on a computer or printed on film. One exam produces many images.
- The turnaround time for an MRI scan depends on the radiologists' schedule. At many medical centers, the radiologist may interpret the scan and write a report on the order of several hours to one day. From that point, it is up to the physician who ordered the MRI scan to share the results with the patient.
- The dye helps the radiologist see certain areas more clearly. During the MRI, the person who operates the machine will watch you from another room. The test most often lasts 30 to 60 minutes, but may take longer.
- MRI creates pictures of soft tissue parts of the body that are sometimes hard to see using other imaging tests. MRI is very good at finding and pinpointing some cancers. An MRI with contrast dye is the best way to see brain and spinal cord tumors. Using MRI, doctors can sometimes tell if a tumor is or isn't cancer.
Updated: 26th November 2019