I had a fusion and hardwire and have been told you are not supposed to have a MRI done but my doctor said it would be ok so I went for it and now wish I had not because I could feel it being "pulled" during the procedure and all my symptoms have worsened since. So seriously concider if it is neccessary. It may be neccessary and unavoidable but if you begin to feel it being "pulled" ask them to stop the procedure and definately do not do a Myelo CT Scan if you can avoid it, especially if you have low spinal fluid like I do because after having that done I often feel like my legs cannot hold me up and I nearly collapse. Maybe it depends on the type of hardwire material. The one I have is no longer used.
thank you all for answering! Wow that last one sounds bad, has anyone else ever had that experience? I hope you are feeling better now Melissa1619. I feel like after the cervical fusion now my back problems are standing out and I don't know why its SO HARD to get a doctor to help. anyways, thanks again.
The hardware is normally made from either stainless steel or more likely titanium. Nither is a "ferrious" metal. Only Ferrious metal reacts to magnetic fields. No way an MRI Pulls on hardware that is used in your body. If it did, it would rust!!!!....LOL. It's amazing what our head will do to us when we are in that tube.....................
I have a titantium plate from a C5/6 fusion and recently had and MRI. MY NS said it had artifacts in the way and he couldn't get a clear reading of the MRI. I wouldn't waste your time on the MRI because once you have hardware there isn't always a clear view of your spine. I ended up with a CT myelogram instead.
I am having a MRI and a nerve study on my arms after having cervical anterior discectomy a few years ago. My symptoms are back and worse than before. The CT scan showed something in C4 that looked that a fragment like a sharks tooth. I will get MRI and nerve test then meet to discuss what else he sees in the soft tissue. I think I am most likely going to have to have surgery again and will need to do spine fusion because they can't do more than 2 level discectomy. I have degenerative disc disease.
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