Central Cord Syndrome

My Doctor Suspects I may have Spinal Cord Syndrome...

Why would I need a Spinal MRI?

Central Cord Syndrome is a form of incomplete spinal injury. If your physician suspects that you may have this condition, an MRI may be a useful diagnostic tool because it clearly demonstrates the soft tissues and structures of the spinal cord. An MRI exam may also be useful for continued evaluation of an injury causing central cord syndrome. At Smart Choice MRI, we understand that a high-value service with a timely and accurate diagnosis is of vital importance at this critical time.

 Due to the complex nature of Central Cord Syndrome, a contrast media enhanced scan will likely be ordered. Your doctor and radiologists will work together to decide if contrast media is safe and warranted. Special blood tests may be required before your exam, especially if you have a history of diabetes, kidney or liver disease, or if you are over the age of 50.

 If you decide to have your exam at Smart Choice MRI, 0ur 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:


Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike
Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ   07078
Tel: 973-379-2690 800-225-0292
Fax: 973-912-9433

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/ Buoniconti Fund
P.O. Box 016960
Miami, FL   33101-6960
Tel: 305-243-6001 800-STANDUP (782-6387)
Fax: 305-243-6017

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
1 Church Street
Rockville, MD   20850
Tel: 800-962-9629
Fax: 866-387-2196

Spinal Cord Society
19051 County Highway 1
Fergus Falls, MN   56537
Tel: 218-739-5252 or 218-739-5261
Fax: 218-739-5262

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
801 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC   20006-3517
Tel: 202-USA-1300 (872-1300) 800-555-9140
Fax: 202-785-4452


Related NINDS Publications and Information

For more imformation, please visit http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/central_cord/central_cord.htm

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