Disse bildene MÅ pasientene ta i oppreist stilling

Disse bildene MÅ pasientene ta i oppreist stilling

Mari-Ann – Inova Medical

Jeg har reist med mange hundre pasienter fra Norge for å ta vektbærende bilder og ser hele tiden den viktige forskjellen dette utgjør. Selv om rygg- og nakke pasienter er grundig utredet i Norge føler mange at MR i Norge og diagnoser ikke gir dem svar på smertebilde eller nedsatt funksjon.  

Bildene hos Medserena tas mens pasienten i er naturlig oppreist stilling og kroppsbelastning er normal. Da er det større sannsynlighet for å avdekke hvorfor pasienten har smerter eller har nedsatt funksjon.

Prof. F. Smith understreker dette i sitt innlegg nedenfor hvorfor det er slik.

Prof. F. Smith

Francis Smith Professor i radiologi -Klinisk direktør, Medserena Upright MRI

Upright Open MRIs allow almost complete freedom of movement. For instance, in addition to standing or sitting upright, the spinal column can be imaged with flexion (bending forwards), extension (stretching backwards), rotation and even lateral bending to the point where pain is at its most acute. It simply isn’t possible to perform flexion and extension scans of the cervical spine or neck (Cranio-cervical junction) when supine. So the real advantage is that the weight-bearing structures of the body can be imaged under physiological loading.

Using this system, spinal or neural foraminal narrowing in the region of the spinal column and instability on loading can be detected and quantified. This has only previously been possible with conventional functional X-rays or by using invasive methods (myelography). We can now capture images and clearly prove instabilities as a result of vertebral slipping or position-dependent disc herniation, leading to a more accurate diagnosis.

Indeed, we’ve seen many cases of people who’ve had scans previously that didn’t detect any abnormalities, whereas we’ve been able to identify the root cause. Reaching the correct diagnosis quickly is naturally of paramount importance to the patient.