MRI Lumbar Spine or Back Imaging at GWIC

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses magnetic energy combined with radio waves to create images of the body’s internal structures. It is a painless procedure and unlike x-rays, it does not involve exposure to radiation. The MRI scanning procedure involves placing you inside the wide open bore of the magnet on a table, which is designed to fit inside the magnet.

The lumbar spine is the lower part of the spine and is often the source of back problems. It is comprised of five vertebral bones along with the sacrum and coccyx. Along with the bones, the lumbar spine also has blood vessels, ligaments and cartilage.

Your doctor may order a lumbar spine MRI to better diagnose spinal problems or if you have any of the following conditions and symptoms:

      Back pain


      Determining if there are tears in muscles or tendons


      Leg pain, numbness, and tingling


      Multiple sclerosis


      Suspected herniation of a lumbar disc


    Lower spine trauma

MRI Lumbar Spine or MRI Lower Back Benefits

A lumbar spine MRI provides doctors with different information when compared to other forms of imaging such as x-rays, ultrasound and CT scans. In some cases it will provide more information than is provided by those other tests. It offers doctors a look at the bones, spinal cord and the spaces between vertebrae. The images produced are called slices and are normally viewed and evaluated on large, high-resolution displays by the radiologist.

Greater Waterbury Imaging Center specializes in MRI scans for patients in the greater Waterbury, CT area. For people who have claustrophobia, the scanner at Greater Waterbury Imaging Center is a wide-open bore magnet. We are committed to providing you with easy access to care, a comfortable exam and fast, accurate results. Physicians and patients throughout our community depend on us to provide exceptional MRI services. GWIC is located on the campus of Waterbury Hospital, adjacent to the Emergency Department. We have our own private, gated parking area for the convenience of our patients. If you are looking for an experienced and professional facility to have your MRI Lumbar Spine scan, contact us for more information or to set up an appointment for your patients, call 203-573-7674.