This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the lower spine.
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the lumbar or lower spine is a test that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the lower spine, including the bones (vertebrae), discs, and spinal cord.
MRI machines use powerful magnets, so tell your health care provider if you have any metal or medical devices in your body.
The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?
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