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MRI scan not beneficial for back pain

14th December 2011

Arthritis Research UK has welcomed findings which suggest that people who receive steroid injections into the spinal column to relieve back pain are unlikely to benefit from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Doctors sometimes order an MRI scan prior to administering these injections, but research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US indicates that there is little point in doing so. Arthritis Research UK agreed that as MRI was expensive, the findings would be useful information for physicians and anaesthetists, which would help save the NHS money.


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