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Advised MRI for spine for checking comprssion in C5 C6. Is superficial scan enough? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 10-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good morning
Doctor:xxxxxx here
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:i was advised a MRI scan by a doctor for my spine
User:i have lost the prescription
User:there are 2 types of MRIS i am told
User:superficial and detailed
User:superficia costs 3500 and detailed 6000
User:i remeber showing the prescription to lab technician and he told me it will cost around 3k.
User:the doctor wanted to check if i have compression n C5 C6
User:which MRI would you recomed because i dont want to go to doctor and pay him 500 rs just to confirm?
Doctor:You can go in for a plain MRI of the spinal region
User:you mean the superficial, cheaper one?
Doctor:That which costs you 3500
Doctor:Yes, that is right
User:ok thanks, but just curiuos any main difference?
Doctor:There are basically two types of MRI
Doctor:Plain and contrast enhanced
Doctor:The detailed one at 6000 will take more sections and more detailed view and yes, more time consumed in the process
Doctor:The detailed one will be more specific
Doctor:You do not need it at this point
User:ok this will be central spine right?
Doctor:It will be cervical spine
Doctor:C5 C6 level
User:i mean what should i tell them? which area of back to scan?
Doctor:The cervical area C5 and C6 levels
User:ok thanks
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