Why the Upright MRI Matters
to Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome may be linked to missed diagnoses. Most doctors (AND insurance companies) refer back pain patients to a conventional, recumbent (lying down) MRI.
Lying down may relax the pressure of gravity on the vertebrae...and the MRI may appear normal in spite of abnormalities. But as soon as the patient stands up, gravity and body weight may painfully squeeze the discs and nerves.
With an open, upright MRI, patients are scanned in a weight-bearing position...revealing exactly where the damage is.
Additionally, an Upright MRI enables scanning of multiple positions and bending motions, revealing details unavailable with recumbent MRIs.