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The Lumbar Spine (lower back) is the most commonly performed Musculoskeletal MRI procedure performed at Bayside Standing MRI.

 

Sequence Views

Different views are commonly used in Lumbar MRI scans to provide images showing different details of the anatomy of the lumbar spine.

Sagittal

The sagittal view is the view from the side of the body.

lumbar sag

Axial

The axial view is the view from above or below.

lumbar ax

Coronal

The coronal view is the view of the body from the front or back.

lumbar cor

 

Different Image Types

Different image types are used to highlight different elements within the body. T1 Weighted

T1 weighted images can be identified as ‘fat based images’, as they emphasise body fat in tissues. They are also used to highlight anatomical detail.

In Lumbar Spine studies, T1 weighted images are typically performed in sagittal and axial views.

t1 sag       t1 ax

T2 Weighted

T2 Weighted images can be identified as ‘water based images’. These are used to emphasise water in tissues such as inflammation which is common in many pathology and injury processes.

In Lumbar Spine Studies, T2 weighted images are typically performed in sagittal and axial views.

t2 sag      t2 ax

STIR

STIR images are generally used to highlight water in the body to aid in identifying inflammation, bruising and fractures. These images are not used to highlight anatomical detail.

In Lumbar Spine studies the STIR sequence is typically performed in a coronal view.

stir cor

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