Back Pain

I have Unresolved Back Pain...

Do I need a Spinal MRI?

If you’re suffering from upper or lower back pain, particularly unresolved pain persisting a month or more, then your physician may recommend an MRI. An MRI is a diagnostic test that can be utilized to determine the exact nature of the condition causing your pain.

An MRI exam is the preferred diagnostic tool for evaluating the bones, muscles, and nerves of your spine, as well as the discs that separate your vertebrae or back bones. Generally speaking, your back is divided into the upper and lower parts, known as the thoracic and lumbar regions. In most cases only one part of your back will be scanned, but there are instances where the cause of pain is associated with multiple spinal levels (individual bones and the discs that separate them). In these instances, scanning of both the upper and lower back may be warranted.

Our radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic, recently rated one of top hospitals in the country, are committed to providing you and your doctor with the most accurate diagnosis available. In the case of a spinal MRI, that means only a dedicated Neuroradiologist (a radiologist that has undergone specialized training in the field of neurology and has passed a board examination in Neuroradiology) will interpret your exam. Comparison to any prior advanced imaging studies will be required to fully evaluate your condition. Click here to learn more about our radiology team.

Why Choose Smart Choice?

Smart Choice MRI opened its doors five years ago to provide patients in Southeastern Wisconsin with transparent and affordable imaging services. Many of us have seen our deductibles go up or have transitioned to high-deductible insurance plans. That’s why Smart Choice MRI charges just $600 for every MRI, including contrast exams. Click here to learn more about our transparent, low-cost pricing model.

Ready to Make an Appointment?

Ready to make an appointment or to learn more about Smart Choice MRI? To schedule an appointment, or to send us a general inquiry, click here. We also welcome your questions via email at eric@smartchoicemri.com or by phone at 414-431-0309. 

For Further Information:

Organizations

American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA   95677-0850
ACPA@pacbell.net
http://www.theacpa.org
Tel: 916-632-0922 800-533-3231
Fax: 916-652-8190

American Pain Foundation
201 North Charles Street
Suite 710
Baltimore, MD   21201-4111
info@painfoundation.org
http://www.painfoundation.org
Tel: 888-615-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 410-385-1832

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD   20892-3675
NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
http://www.niams.nih.gov
Tel: 877-22-NIAMS (226-4267) 301-565-2966 (TTY)
Fax: 301-718-6366

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
5550 Meadowbrook Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL   60008-3852
info@aans.org
http://www.aans.org
Tel: 847-378-0500/888-566-AANS (2267)
Fax: 847-378-0600

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/ American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
6300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL   60018
hackett@aaos.org
http://www.aaos.org
Tel: 847-823-7186
Fax: 847-823-8125

American Academy of Family Physicians
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Suite 440
Leawood, KS   66211-2672
fp@aafp.org
http://www.aafp.org
Tel: 913-906-6000/800-274-2237
Fax: 913-906-6095

American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons
10 Cascade Creek Lane
Las Vegas, NV   89113
aanos@aanos.org
http://www.aanos.org
Tel: 702-388-7390
Fax: 702-871-4728

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
330 North Wabash Ave.
Suite 2500
Chicago, IL   60611-7617
info@aapmr.org
http://www.aapmr.org
Tel: 312-464-9700
Fax: 312-464-0227

Related NINDS Publications and Information

Publicaciones en Español

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/backpain.htm

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