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Learn how a lumbar disc herniates and
can cause lower back pain
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a
problem in the low back.
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When is your hip MRI scheduled? Supposedly more modern MRI machines can show labral tears without contrast but it’s my understanding based on my conversations with several doctors that generally a hip MRA is preferred over a hip MRI if the suspicion is a labral tear.
Can you call the imaging facility in advance and verify if their MRI machine is a 3T? A 3T should show a tear. Unfortunately many MRI machines currently used today were manufactured in the mid to late 90s. A 0.5T to 1.5T may not show a tear in the cartilage of the hip if you have one.
The resolution of a 3T is twice as good as a 1.5T and a 1.5T is three times as good as a 0.5T. Simple math.
Many studies show a 3T without contrast shows images just as clear as a lesser quality MRI with contrast. Maybe your doctor didn’t order contrast to save your kidneys the stress of processing the contrast.
Please note I’m not a doctor and get this info from doctors I’ve spoken with.