Florida car accident lawyer and chiropractic physician explains why doctors will send their clients for an MRI after a car accident.
You've injured your neck or back in a car accident. You went to the hospital or doctor shortly after the crash and they performed regular x-rays or possibly a CAT scan. Typically, doctors will start their patients on a course of conservative care that can include medications, physical therapy and/or chiropractic care.
If you continue to experience symptoms four or so weeks into treatment or if you feel pain or numbness traveling into your arms or legs, you doctor will probably order a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) of the area.
What is an MRI?
MRI is a specialized test that utilizes radio waves and hydrogen in a strong magnetic field to visualize body parts. This is how MRI technology works. When the body is placed in a magnetic field it becomes magnetized. When the magnetized body is exposed to radio waves at a particular frequency and sends back to the computer a spin echo, which is then interpreted and manipulated by computer software. The test results in images of the body that is tested.
Why MRI for the Spine and Neck?
MRI is the best test to take a look at the soft tissue structures of the spine. So, the radiologist and doctor will be able to visual the brain, spinal cord, fluid around the spine, discs, ligaments and muscles. So, if your doctor is ordering an MRI, he/she is checking to make sure you do not have an injury to the disc or spinal cord, which can be pretty serious.
MRI is an important tool for doctors treating folks who have been injured in accidents. It provides information about the soft tissue of the spine and can help your doctor diagnose the condition and formulate an effective treatment plan.
If you have any questions about a Florida car accident, call Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168.