Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, gives clear, detailed pictures of soft tissue near bones, the cardiovascular system and other organs. Specifically for back pain, an MRI allows doctors to look deep inside the body without surgery and can assist in diagnosing herniated discs and nerve damage.
A myelogram is a type of x-ray that uses a dye or contrast material and a special machine called a fluoroscope that takes moving x-rays and displays them on a monitor. Myelograms detect many spinal ailments, including:
Herniated discs (spinal discs that stick out beyond their normal area) that press on nerves
Today, interventional radiologists offer a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment for spinal fractures. Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may help reduce or eliminate the pain associated with spinal fractures. This treatment helps stabilize spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis.