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How MRI scanning helps early diagnosis of treatable spinal problems. The Edinburgh Clinic’s Neurosurgeons explain


Any of us, at any stage of our lives, can suffer from some kind of back pain or spine problem. This is because we put immense strain on this area of our body every single day. Poor posture, bad lifting techniques, not warming up properly before exercise… they can all contribute to these problems. Of course, there are also other causes that are less preventable; these include rheumatism, bone deterioration, vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis that can result in soreness, deformity and incapacity. Similarly, birth conditions like scoliosis (spinal curvature) or pectus excavatum can cause problems.

If you suffer from even a mild condition that affects your back or spine, you know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. But early diagnosis using high-tech MRI scanning can offer comprehensive, fast and specialist diagnosis and treatment for back and spine problems from slipped discs and fractures, to sciatica.

The Edinburgh Clinic’s specialist Back and Spinal team utilise our in-house MRI Scan suite to examine private patients with back problems. Our Consultant Neurosurgeon Mr Imran Liaquat discusses the use of the MRI: “The MRI scan helps to distinguish whether clinical symptoms of “trapped nerve” is due to disc prolapse/herniated disc or general stenosis (narrowing) of the spine due to wear and tear (Spondolysis).

Sometimes it is a combination of the two. In older patients such as retired golfers, it is usually stenosis and in younger patients disc prolapse. We have to correlate the scan findings with the patient’s symptoms as a lot of scans may show disc bulges or nerve entrapment which are coincidental and not the cause of the symptoms. This is why a scan needs to be followed by a consultation so the consultant can assess and see whether the clinical symptoms correlate with scan findings.”

Services offered at The Edinburgh Clinic include rapid, point-of-care diagnostic imaging or screening of your back and spine to support an early diagnosis. This may include using the very latest MRI scanning facilities, ultrasound or conventional X-Rays.

Once a diagnosis has been made, our specialists can suggest any follow-up treatment you may need.
Our team also works closely with our physiotherapists to help you get back to maximum flexibility and movement as quickly as possible.

We have various spinal packages available:

  • Consultation with a 1 part MRI = £695

  • Consultation with a 2 part MRI = £850

  • Consultation with a 1 part MRI, Epidural OR 3-4 facet joint injections = £1,995

  • Consultation with a 2 part MRI, Epidural OR 3-4 facet joint injections = £2,150

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