Lumbar Spine MRI Scan (Lower Back)

What is a Lower Back MRI Scan?

An MRI scan is the best way to obtain images of the spine. These scans produce detailed images of your spine anatomy, ligaments, disks, spinal cord and the spaces between vertebrae.


Complete Diagnostic MRI Examination of the Lumbar Spine
Time: 25 min
Cost: $620
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Additional Information
Doctor Referral Required: Yes
Includes: Online Image Access, Radiologist Report
Includes Assessment of:
  • Intervertebral Discs
  • Vertebrae
  • Nerve Roots
  • Spinal Canal
  • Tissues Adjacent to the Spine
  • Bone Marrow
  • Neural Foramina
How Should I Prepare for a Lumbar Spine MRI?

You can eat and drink before an exam.

If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative prior to your scheduled examination.
Are There Any Risks in a Lower Back MRI?

Although the strong magnetic field is not harmful in itself, implanted medical devices that contain metal may malfunction or cause problems during an MRI exam.