275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

When Is An MRI Necessary

An MRI – magnetic resonance imaging – is a helpful tool for diagnosing many orthopedic problems. However, contrary to common belief, an MRI is not always necessary, nor is it the most accurate test for diagnosing painful conditions.

Don’t worry – you are not receiving inadequate medical care if your doctor does not order an MRI.

Is an MRI Necessary?

An MRI may not be the most useful and practical tool for diagnosing many common conditions, such as a torn ACL. In fact, 10 percent of ACL tears will not be detected through an expensive MRI. Whereas, the ACL diagnostic experts at Spine and Sports Medicine are able to diagnose an ACL tear through sensitivity-oriented physical examination over 90 percent of the time.

MRI Helpfulness

MRIs are not helpful for diagnosing conditions such as advanced arthritis of the knees or hips. Standard of care X-rays are a much better tool for depicting arthritic conditions. MRIs are not superior to X-rays, bone scans, or other high tech testing procedures.

At Spine and Sports Medicine, our orthopedic specialist knows the right test for any given situation. An MRI may not always be the necessary, right, or best test

Diagnostic Testing and Treatment

Treatment of most orthopedic conditions begins with simple steps in an effort to resolve the condition with the least invasive means possible. At Spine and Sports Medicine, sport injuries and orthopedics goes hand in hand. Treatment progress and diagnostic investigation are worked on together by our multidisciplinary team of specialists.

Remember, a MRI is a diagnostic tool – not a course of treatment. Some rules of thumb followed by the sports injury specialists at Spine and Sports Medicine:

  • Ordering a MRI in every sports injury situation is not necessary
  • Ordering a MRI – as well as every possible test – is not prudent
  • Ordering an MRI early on in treatment can cause additional trouble and confusion
  • Ordering a MRI early on in treatment may delay correct treatment

Leading Diagnostic Testing Provider

It is not necessary to obtain an expensive MRI when an experienced sports injury specialist can make an accurate diagnosis of the condition through a sensitivity-oriented physical examination.

Spine and Sports Medicine is a provider of all-encompassing diagnostic testing and therapeutic services within one convenient location. To schedule your appointment with one of our physicians, please click below or call 212.986.3888.

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