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Imaging to diagnose nerve pain caused by a car accident

Jan. 6, 2019 1:44p

If you are experiencing nerve pain caused by a car accident, your doctor will probably need to perform some type of imaging in order to diagnose the cause and extent of the damage to your back. These are the primary types of imaging that people undergo after in connection with the diagnosis of their back condition and nerve damage:

  • X-ray. An X-ray of your spine may reveal an overgrowth of bone (bone spur) that may be pressing on a nerve.
  • MRI. This procedure uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to produce cross-sectional images of your back. An MRI produces detailed images of bone and soft tissues such as herniated disks. During the test, you lie on a table that moves into the MRI machine.
  • CT scan. When a CT is used to image the spine, you may have a contrast dye injected into your spinal canal before the X-rays are taken — a procedure called a CT myelogram. The dye then circulates around your spinal cord and spinal nerves, which appear white on the scan.
  • Electromyography (EMG). This test measures the electrical impulses produced by the nerves and the responses of your muscles. This test can confirm nerve compression caused by herniated disks or narrowing of your spinal canal (spinal stenosis).

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