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Old 7th May 2014, 08:46 AM
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Hi everyone,

Can you have an MRI scan when you have metal rods and screws in your back?

thank you
Sheila
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Old 7th May 2014, 11:23 AM
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Hi Shiela,

Yes you can I've had a number of them over the years, and CT scans too. There were no problems with either except the metalwork can distort the images to some extent.

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Old 7th May 2014, 02:33 PM
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Hi Sheila, its nice to hear from you.
Hope your backs still doing okay xx
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Old 7th May 2014, 08:06 PM
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Hi again Sheila Hope you're OK?
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Old 7th May 2014, 08:33 PM
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Hi All,

Thanks very much for your replies

My back is ok ishhhh.

My shoulders are hurting a bit and I'm still very much aware of the metal work. However - I'm still glad I had surgery.

My consultant just wants me to have an MRI - to check there is nothing sinister going on - so fingers crossed.

(Bluestone - I hope your ok - I can't believe how quick time has gone - over 3 years - I think my consultant was looking to get rid of me by now )

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Old 7th May 2014, 11:10 PM
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Im very aware of my hardware too Sheila-too aware!
Im having a lot of pain issues which i thought were to do with some protruding screws but now its all over and recently my lumber
Mr Ahmed has offered removal but naturally im reluctant., hes also offered injections-im seeing him again in June.

I agree the time has flown by-i cant believe im 3 and a half years post op.

Hope your mri will be okay xx
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Old 8th May 2014, 10:43 PM
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Hi Sarah,

I also have protuding screws and I also am beginning to wonder if my body just doesn't like this metal work - the bottom of my back is fine - this was fused but with no metal work - its the top giving me grief.

I had my mri scan today - so I just need to wait and see now.

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