How an Upright MRI Could Mean the Difference Between and Accurate Diagnosis and Continued Suffering

An Upright MRI Shows the Spine Under “Load”

Take a Look at the Images below of the SAME Patient. The first is taken with a Traditional Supine Recumbent “Lie Down” MRI and the second with an UPRIGHT (Stand Up MRI). In the first image you’ll see there is fluid in the Thecal Sac (the “white space”) and in the second the disc is being pushed directly into the spinal cord. A Doctor looking at the image taken on the traditional MRI would conclude there is not a significant enough problem to warrant surgical intervention, however the second image proves this may not be the case. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and get an Upright MRI.
Upright Cervical MRI Images

Back Pain Patients this technology works even better for you! Click on the Fonar Link lower in the article to be take to the Fonar Website where you’ll find amazing images of the Lumbar Spine and how amazing this technology is in helping diagnose spinal instability, slipped disc, and bulges that are actually herniations.

Again Please Note the Photographs above are taken of the SAME patient. Upright MRI was the KEY to a proper diagnosis. Upright MRI was essential in my diagnosis as well. I can not tell you how angry I was with some of the Hotshot University Surgeons (Surgeons with more than 20 years experience under their belts) who kept telling me there was nothing wrong and to look for “Organic” causes. What a load of crap!

How can a present day University Professor (The head of the Fellowship Program) ignore this critical diagnostic tool? I found Upright MRI through my own research and had to travel out of State to have mine done. It’s CRIMINAL of the Medical profession to ignore this technology. I had a Herniations pressing on my Spinal Cord for 18 months unnecessarily and may have incurred PERMANENT damage as a result of the inability of 6 Different Orthopedic and Neurosurgeons to diagnose my problem while the technology to do so was clearly available. This is life saving, life altering technology.

Upright MRI’s are much easier to tolerate for anyone who is claustrophobic. The process is more open and you are sitting upright on a chair and you can even watch Television while the scan is being made! You do have to maintain a perfectly still posture (Your head is secured and you have an adjustable bar to rest your arms on).

The following Discussion is from a report compiled by Medical Doctors in Zurich, Switzerland.

“FMRI (Front Open MRI) revealed dynamic changes in the size of disc herniations and of the dimensions of the central spinal canal and neural foramina not detectable by recumbent imaging. In practice, with on-site real-time patient interview, this enabled a more precise linkage of the medical images with the patient’s clinical syndrome, thereby allowing a targeted therapeutic regimen to be undertaken. Initial experience in central continental Europe with this FMRI unit revealed that a significant amount of clinically significant spinal disease is overlooked (“missed”) on recumbent imaging.

Visualizing both the bony structures as well as the underlying soft tissues non-invasively, FMRI for the first time places the physician is in a superior position to make accurate decisions regarding treatment options and alternatives that would not be considered if the entire disease process was not depicted in the patient’s imaging examination. The goal of FMRI is an elevation of patient outcomes facilitated by the optimal linkage of functional (upright-kinetic) MRI with the clinical physical examination data.”

Upright Positional MRI Makes Sense

Traditional Supine MRI’s are taken with you lying on your back in a position which puts the LEAST stress on your discs. You’re body is made to move! Standing, bending, sitting, flexing your spine to the left and the right, looking upward or downward all apply different pressures to your spinal discs. It only makes sense! I have had this procedure and the results are nothing short of amazing!

You probably have not heard of this technology – because there are only 32 machines currently installed in the United States (As of December 2005). Update July 2008 – I could not determine and exact number but from browsing press releases it appears the installed base has doubled. This means you should not have to travel very far to find a machine close to you.

The Upright MRI machines are manufactured by a company called Fonar. You’ll probably have to call to find a machine near you. I had to leave the State to get my Scans done. The results are amazing, discs that are only mildly budging in a supine MRI can be seen pressing into the cord when the spine is placed under load. For more information you may also want to visit Rose Radiology n Florida. Rose Radiology purchased the first Upright MRI machines and have considerable experience. The cost is not inexpensive but very close to traditional scans – I paid about $2,000 for 5 cervical scans – normal, flexion, extension, left bending and right bending. You’re insurance WILL cover this just like any other MRI. This technology is NOT investigational. You may have to force the issue with some companies, but it’s worth the effort.

And good news for those of you who are claustrophobic – this is OPEN MRI technology, no more being pushed up inside a casket like tube!I sincerely hope this will help you get the diagnosis you need to more accurately pinpoint the source of your back pain.

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