General Information About Spine Imaging
Spine radiology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine including cervical (neck), thoracic (between the neck and abdomen), and lumbar (lower spine). A spine radiologist provides imaging interpretation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound (US) and plain films (x-rays), and also performs some diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
The most common diagnostic examinations interpreted by the radiologist include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), and plain films (x-rays). When necessary for diagnosis, a spine radiologist will inject dye into the spine (myelography) prior to a CT scan or disc (discography). A spine radiologist may help to treat pain referable to the spine with an injection. After interpreting an examination or performing an injection our radiologists communicate rapidly and effectively with your doctor.
All of St. Paul Radiology’s spine radiologists are board certified and have undergone fellowship training in interpreting medical images of the spine.
Common conditions where an SPR spine radiologist will assist referring physicians are:
- Evaluating back and neck pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Evaluating the spine after surgery
- Sports and work related injuries
- Infections of the spine
- Tumors of the spine
Diagnostic and therapeutic injections including:
- Epidural steroid injections (transforaminal and midline)
- Nerve root blocks (cervical, thoracic, intercostal and lumbar)
- Sacroiliac joint injections
- Facet joint injections