MRI of the cervical spine is an extremely useful tool in evaluating patients with neck pain or symptoms of a pinched nerve as well as possible compression of the spinal cord. MRI can accurately assess for degenerative disc disease as well as disc herniation. The radiologist will report any narrowing of the spinal canal as well as any narrowing of the neural foramina (the space in which the nerves leave the spinal canal). The spinal cord itself will also be assessed for any abnormality.
A specialized coil will be placed around your neck. You will lie on your back for about 30 minutes in the MRI machine.