Fall 2010 Issue

Innovative Upright MRI®
Impresses Patients and Physicians

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates recently introduced the first open and Upright MRI to the Charlotte region. This innovative scanner delivers diagnostic images of the spine that are unattainable by traditional MRI.

“Referring physicians are pleased with the scanner’s ability to show patients in the upright, weight-bearing position, as well as flexion and extension, which no other scanner in the area can demonstrate,” said Bryan Harmon, RT, Manager of Imaging Services for Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. Many physicians and radiologists are pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail and clarity of the images this scanner provides, despite its open design.
Patients can be viewed in the flexion and extension positions with our Upright MRI.

The Upright MRI is proving to be a valuable diagnostic tool for certain patient populations, and for many individuals it is less stressful and more convenient than traditional MRI. Patricia, a retired nurse from Spartanburg, recently experienced the Upright MRI and couldn’t believe how different it was from a traditional MRI. “I was able to relax and just sit in a chair and watch TV. It was as simple as having an X-ray,” said Patricia. “I didn’t know such a thing existed. If I had to travel 500 miles to use this type of MRI it would be well worth the trip.”

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is currently accepting Upright MRI referrals. Call 704-831-4366 to learn more or schedule an appointment. Evening and weekend appointments available.

TYPES OF PATIENTS WHO BENEFIT FROM OUR UPRIGHT MRI INCLUDE:
  • Claustrophobic patients
  • Larger patients
  • Patients unable to have a myelogram
  • Patients with a history of:
    • Lumbar isthmic spondylolishtesis
    • Lumbar degenerative disease
    • Cervical anteriolisthesis or retrolisthesis
    • Previous spine fusion
    • Unstable spinal fracture
    • Idiopathic scoliosis
    • Collapsing degenerative scoliosis
    • Neuromuscular disease
    • Spine/radicular pain increasing when standing,walking or sitting
    • Previous non-diagnostic supine MRI
    • Previous non-diagnostic supine CT
    • Severe facet disease

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