MRI – Less than meets the eye! • MRI misses significant problems!All of these discs, which are clearly irritated, bloody, and inflamed (swollen) were called normal on MRI!
MRI cannot detect pain generating inflammatory pathology MRI MISSES significant pathology in >77% Patients
MRI shows problems that may not be causing pain • It is clearly established that a very high percentage of adults - with NO back pain – would have significant problems on an MRI!
Put another way: If you have back pain, and an MRI shows a problem that may explain the pain, it is very possible that the problem on the MRI may NOT be causing your pain! • This is because that same problem could be there even if you did not have pain.